June 12, 2014
When’s the last time the whole world was talking about a big, fat economics book by a French dude? Well, we can’t remember, but it’s happening now, because Thomas Pinketty’s Capital has everybody talking, from NPR to CNN to Business Week to Church Street. It’s an unlikely summer read, sure — but we’re looking forward to diving in anyway, despite its grim subject matter and daunting size and weight. (Read without risking bad injury by downloading the ebook of Capital in the Twenty-First Century onto your phone or tablet.)
But the big question is: What do we drink while consuming so much economic knowledge? The answer is simple — black coffee, and lots of it. You’ve got to keep the caffeine flowing to take in those big ideas, and there’s something appropriately bitter about a good strong cup of coffee that seems to complement the subject matter. Your other alternative would be straight espresso, if you want to give a nod to Pinketty’s French roots, and although we find that perfectly acceptable, we like to balance the size of a large tome (and if any book has earned the word “tome,” a book this size certainly has) with a really, really big cup of coffee.
Want more suggestions for what coffee to order and which books to read in Birmingham, Alabama? Visit Church Street Coffee & Books in Crestline Village, Mountain Brook.