1981 Châteauneuf de Pape

Bought this bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape a heck of a long time ago and am wondering if anyone out there has any notion of whether a) it has any value, b) if it’s even drinkable, and c) what it might go well with if I do decide to drink it.

If you know anything about any of this, comment, please.

The bottle

1981 Châteauneuf de Pape


The label

1981 Châteauneuf du Pape, the label


1981 Chateauneuf du Pape

1981 Chateauneuf du Pape, the neck


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Fiction and Loneliness

I’ve read it more than once that for David Foster Wallace, whose work I admire tremendously, and for Jonathan Franzen, whose work I also admire tremendously, fiction was/is (Franzen said in an elegy to Wallace) “‘A way out of loneliness’ was the formulation we agreed to agree on.” Since the first time I heard that idea, I’ve spent a lot of time wondering about it, specifically if it were true for me. If I write and read fiction as a way out of loneliness.

I don’t think so. Continue reading