It’s the stuff of legend. Honoré de Balzac cranked out 50+ novels in 20 years and died at 51. The cause? Too much work and caffeine. How much coffee? Up to 50 cups per day, they say.
Whether true or not, it’s fun to imagine what that scene might have looked like. Enter Paul Giamatti, known for his roles in Sideways, American Splendor and John Adams, who gives us his comic take. This new short film comes from The New Yorker, which has just released the first season of The New Yorker Presents on Amazon.
For more on Balzac’s coffee habit, see the first two items in the Relateds below.
Honoré de Balzac Writes About “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,” and His Epic Coffee Addiction
The Coffee Pot That Fueled Honoré de Balzac’s Coffee Addiction
Philosophers Drinking Coffee: The Excessive Habits of Kant, Voltaire & Kierkegaard
J.S. Bach’s Comic Opera, “The Coffee Cantata,” Sings the Praises of the Great Stimulating Drink (1735)
Hmmm…perhaps living next door to Fair Trade Coffee isn’t the best thing ever.
What am I saying?! Of course it is!