The One About Guilty Pleasures

Imitation is the ultimate flattery, they say. In an attempt to imitate my brother’s approach to the things he loves, I decided to start embracing my guilty pleasures.In case you haven’t read my previous post on all the things I’ve learned from my somewhat younger but somehow wiser brother D, he is the kind of person that has the admirable quality of being shamelessly affectionate towards certain things (or people) without caring about other people’s opinions. So that’s what I aspire to do, embrace my guilty pleasures and share them openly; shifting them to the category ‘Things I Wholeheartedly Love (and That Make My Eyes Sparkle with Joy When I Talk About Them). 

When I say guilty pleasures, I refer mainly to cultural artefacts of questionable quality. In a world where the world cool will one day become acceptable even for resumes and LinkedIn profiles, one has to watch/read/visit/listen/be informed about the right things so as to classify as cool. And this is, more or less, how the idea of guilty pleasures began. The term sums up all the things we enjoy but only in private so as not to be judged for our tastes.

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Jane Austen: Modern Relationship Advice 101*

I’m currently reading Jane Austen’s Emma and yesterday I stumbled upon the following excerpt:

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10 Brilliant Quotes About Coffee

Whether it’s a French press, a velvety cappuccino or an iced latte on a hot summer day, if you have a love for coffee, there’s a good chance that it’s a fierce love. An all consuming love. An “I can’t picture my life without you” love.

The fierce relationship between coffee and coffee-lover is nothing new, though. And is there a better way to honour this relationship than to write about it? If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die after all.

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