The Modest Proposal

Winter 2010

Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.
— The Women's Petition Against Coffee (1674)

In This Issue...

On the Brew Round-Up and Movie Miscellany

What is, and was to have been.

Brew Round-Up

Welcome Back to Theme Time Radio Hour: Bob Dylan's Musical Map of Coffee and Booze

A Master's musical odyssey through our favorite beverages.

Review of Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages

Baccanalysis, or a study in the pre-history of partying.

Review of Life in a 17th Century Coffee Shop

Think today's coffee joints are great? Should'a been there 300 years ago...

Movie Miscellany

Review of Avatar

A worthy film for our age, but one which instigates some uncomfortable feelings...

Men of the West: Reexamining the Careers of Anthony Mann & John Sturges

Two recent books on two of the great directors of the Western.

DVD Review of L'Age d'Or

The great surrealist film's US DVD debut (presented here a few years too late).

The Modest Proposal is an electronic journal specializing in book reviews, emerging thought, and polemical essays of general interest. Direct all inquiries to the editor.