Marginalia, no.107

This wine is so good and delicious, that the more I drink thereof the more I am athirst.

~ Rabelais, Pantagruel

The line is spoken by Panurge but the sentiment is echoed in the ‘Hagarene’ etymology Rabelais offers for his hero’s name, which he renders “all-thirsty.”  Mynheer Peeperkorn, resident of Mann’s Magic Mountain, had the same complaint.  He was perpetually parched but wouldn’t touch water; he only drank wine.  Insatiability is both burden and joy in our Dionysian mode: the best things never satisfy.


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  1. Or they satisfy to the point of pain, and beyond: jouissance.

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