On Books & Bottles, Wine & Sex

“The sway of alcohol over mankind unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.” American philosopher and psychologist William James, one of the first to study the application of alcohol in religious ritual.

So quotes Jeremy Parzen in his article “(Not So) Odd Pair: Wine and Sex.” His globe trotting discussion includes a mention of the first English-language translation of the “youthful, sex-fueled tale of wine tasting and daring” Japanese manga comic Drops of God by Tadashi Agi (a pseudonym for brother and sister Shin and Yuko Kibayashi) which British wine magazine Decanter has written is “arguably the most influential wine publication” of our time–partly because prices for wines mentioned have skyrocketed, partly because it has a great wine related story (plot summary here), and according to a 2007 Reuters feature, “wine industry experts believe part of the manga’s appeal is that it teaches readers enough about wine to understand the drink and impress their friends, but does so in an entertaining way.”

The holidays are coming: this might be a good book for the wine lover on your list! While I haven’t read this one, I have a few more that I will be reviewing in the coming weeks. What better present for than wine lover on your list than a bottle and a book?

Because books too stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature!