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Wanda's Book Reviews

I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles.  (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).

Currently reading

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ann J. Lane
Wizard and Glass
Stephen King, Dave McKean
River of Blue Fire
Tad Williams
Richard Ford
Progress: 36/420 pages

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years - Tom Standage

When going to coffee houses became a popular way to keep up with the news:


"Enthusiasm for coffeehouses was not universal, however, and some observers regarded them as a worrying development.  They grumbled that Christians had taken to a Muslim drink instead of traditional English beer, and fretted that the livelihoods of tavern-keepers might be threatened.  But most of all they lamented, like critics of social media today, that coffeehouses were distracting people and encouraging them to waste time sharing trivia with their friends when they ought to be doing useful work."--p. 111.


Now I can't think of many people who would think of coffee as a "Muslim drink."