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This quote from Lao-Tse that heads the first chapter.

page 35: The fact that, in the early days of photography, when it hadn't much reached some backwaters, pharmacists would sell photographs of male models, four choices, each with different facial hair. A man would buy the one that looked the most like him and give it to his wife or sweetheart to remember him by when he was called up for military service. And it worked. Never having seen a photograph of anyone she knew, or many photographs at all, it seemed the closest thing to his face she'd see.

page 106: Check out the inventions of Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, one of which is the basis for many modern coffeemakers, and another of which is simply a kettle specially shaped to boil water faster than any other. Unfortunately I didn't find much of interest googling him, though.

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dj_lefreak
Feb. 20th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an interesting book. I'm always fascinated by all the ways people have found to run hot water through ground coffee beans.
perruche_verte
Feb. 21st, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
Did you find the Chemex site? They sell coffeemakers and kettles of Schlumbohm's design.

They're quite beautiful, but I'm skeptical of the claim that they produce the best coffee, since opinions on coffee vary so widely.
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