Greg Hunter

Eating My Way Around The World: Red Wine In A Can AND Paul Krugman Is A Comic Book Connoisseur

In Comics, Eating My Way Around The World on September 5, 2009 at 9:34 AM

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Red Wine, it comes in a jug, in a box, in a bottle. There are screw tops, synthetic corks, and good old natural corks. But who knew that it could also come in a can with a pull tab no less? Well it can, and your intrepid reviewer has just finished an entire… can. With no appelation, nor date, I could only guess where and when the grapes came from that ended up in this can, but after my first can, I must wonder if any grapes made it at all into the can. It would be naive to ask of Vess grape soda, “Where did the grapes come from?” I think it’s similarly limiting to ask that of Red Wine in a Can.

More canny wine AND Paul Krugman, after the jump

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So letting go of  traditional concepts of what wine should and should not be, Red Wine in a Can delivers an… alternative drinking experience. With only 4% alcohol by volume, it really doesn’t even make it to the level of seriousness of actual wine or even beer. But pop open a can, and take a sip, and there’s something kind of magical about it precisely because it’s so easy to drink. Imagine a carbonated caprisun. But with alcohol. That’s about the taste. Unlike a wine bottle, you can hold the cold can, and if you happened to be drinking this in the summer, you could cool your forehead with it just like with a normal soda can.

What’s not to like about that?

Paul Krugman Is A Comic Book Connoisseur

If you want to know “How Did Economists Get It So Wrong,” you can read Paul Krugman’s New York Times Magazine article. It’s a long article, just a heads up.

But I read it, not only so that I could feel better about myself compared to you people with media ADD, but also so I could see all the cool accompanying graphics. You’d expect lots of charts and graphs with convoluted x and y axis names like “seasonally adjusted national average hours worked” or ” U6 – the broadest measure of employment.” BUT NO! Instead comic artist Jason Lutes (Wikipedia Entry), drew a half dozen comic sections for illustration. The works are like comic haikus, they give no greater context, but seek to visually illustrate a small part of the article. My personal favorite is the man chewing and blowing a bubble. With such a simple image, I understand exactly what he is trying to convey, and he adds a dose of levity to the typical image of an economic bubble.

In addition to cool fiction comics, Jason is also the art director of Seattle’s always hip and edgy The Stranger newspaper, home of America’s favorite sex columnist, Dan Savage.

So for you viewing pleasure, without the annoying pages of text separating them, Jason Lutes’s illustrations of Paul Krugman’s article.

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