Thursday Tea (April 29): Noel and Cole: The Sophisticates

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The book: I’m currently reading Noel and Cole: The Sophisticates, which a dual biography about Noel Coward and Cole Porter. I really like Cole Porter’s songs, and I’m slightly familiar with Noel Coward’s, so I thought this would be a good thing to read for some more background info than what I saw in De-Lovely. And I am enjoying it…sort of.

It’s a good biography in that it starts at the beginning of their lives and goes onward, and that it’s engaging and lively. But the author has issues with not speculating about things that didn’t need speculating. Such as the question of why Noel and Cole were gay– because of their genes, is what I’d say, but Stephen Citron seems to think that it’s because they were obsessed with their mothers and that somehow “perverted” them. Which, uh. What? It’s not like he disapproves of them being gay or something, but it’s just weird that he sticks it in the book like it’s fact. It’s not.

Mr Citron also keeps talking about his opinions on whether certain songs are good or not, which is irritating. But he also doesn’t hold back from saying when Noel or Cole were acting like snobs, which seems to be most of the time, and he does seem to genuinely like them. But I’m just annoyed at his personal intrusions into what should have been a neutral narrative.

The tea coffee: Coffee coffee coffee. It’s nearing finals and I need coffee. I do feel kind of bad for my teas, because I honestly haven’t been giving them a proper chance. I’ll have to try and fix that after the semester ends.

Do they go together? Coffee doesn’t mislead my like Mr Citron is trying to do, but it’s also not as vibrant as Noel and Cole’s lives were. I’d really need something that is named one thing, like “Morning Sunrise on a Dewey Plain,” and then it tastes like English breakfast with cinnamon. Maybe.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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