Who can forget the small, symmetrical thrill


Consider the beer can. It was beautiful – as beautiful as the clothespin, as inevitable as the wine bottle, as dignified and reassuring as the fire hydrant. A tranquil cylinder of delightfully resonant metal, it could be opened in an instant, requiring only the application of a handy gadget freely dispensed by every grocer. Who can forget the small, symmetrical thrill of those two triangular punctures, the dainty pfff, the little crest of suds that foamed eagerly in the exultation of release?

– John Updike, from “Beer Can” in Assorted Prose


Notes: Photo – vinepair. Quote: via Swiss Miss

Comments

  1. i love updike’s romantic ode to the beer can –

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  2. Beer used to have to be opened with that tool?

    A cold beer would be great right now!

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  3. “The dainty pffff” …that about captures it.

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  4. Aaaah – the power of pics, combined with the incredible power of words – I honest to God had to galop to my kitchen fridge to get out a panaché (don’t have beer but love a panache, shandy in UK, Radler in G & Austria) – aaaah, this feels so gooooooood 🙂

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  5. He is a hoot!

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  6. I don’t even like beer but my mouth is watering, lol.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Who can forget the small, symmetrical thrill of those two triangular punctures, the dainty pfff, the little crest of suds that foamed eagerly in the exultation of release?” … excellent visual! So true …

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  8. Although I never quite thought of a clothespin as beautiful…

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