12 July 2014

"We may suppose, then, that the subtlety of the Martinique rums is dependent on impurities the continuance of which is encouraged by the archaic method of production. To me, this contrast illustrates the paradox of civilization: its charms are due essentially to the various residues it carries along with it, although this does not absolve us of the obligation to purify the stream."
- Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques

(From Alan Jacobs, via Daring Fireball)