Coffee drinkers are diabolical

I don’t like coffee. It’s far too bitter for my tastes. Though I do sometimes envy coffee drinkers their passionate love of the stuff. That look of relaxation and satisfaction on their faces when they get their hands on (and lips around) that first cup of the day almost makes me wish for another vice…but not quite. Coffee breath is right up there with smokers’ breath and coldsores on my “list of reasons not to snog someone”.

Writer Ben Obler clearly doesn’t have any such qualms. He obviously loves his cuppa-joe because he’s gone to the trouble of compiling a list of the top 10 coffee drinking scenes in literature. I mean, I’ve got to ask – is this not the unhinged behaviour of an addict?

What other top 10 literary scenes might other fanatical enthusiasts conjure up? The chicklit crowd might offer up the top 10 scenes “where the previously totally unsuitable suitor delivers a speech so moving that the heroine is rendered incapable of rebuffing him and they fall into each others arms”. Top 10 descriptions of trains (model or otherwise)? I’d like a top 10 of cheesecake eating. Truly the possibilities are endless.

What would be the subject of your literary top 10?

4 thoughts on “Coffee drinkers are diabolical

  1. Amy 31 March 2009 / 10:48 am

    I’d like a top 10 of great library scenes in literature. Being one of those terrible librarians who can’t not read anything with a title vaguely to do with books (e.g. The Reader), I could probably compile one myself.

    I wonder if accountants read fiction where the characters are accountants? Are there any such books?

  2. Mo-mo 31 March 2009 / 11:19 am

    I don’t know about accountants but I can think of one great library scene involving scandalous shenanigans in Atonement by Ian McEwan.

    Any others?

  3. Michael A 1 April 2009 / 12:48 pm

    The Stephen King/Richard Bachman short story “Library Police” sticks in my mind…urggh.

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