Coffee without guilt: Why we really love Stieg Larsson

We want coffee!

Coffee is the most seductive theme in Stieg Larsson's fiction.

The late Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson has become the best-selling author — and best-selling e-author — in the world with his Millennium trilogy.

Maybe we like the rapid-paced political drama, the complex plots, the great female characters. Maybe we even like the novels because no one else has such great hackers.

But I think we like Stieg Larsson because he depicts a world where people drink coffee at all hours, and no one nags them.

At business meetings, people drink coffee – not green tea; not bottled water. They drink coffee at 5 in the morning and fix coffee for guests at 10 at night. They carry thermoses full of coffee to make sure they’re never without. Coffee is the theme that echoes throughout the series:

“Aren’t you going to offer me a cup of coffee?” he said.
“… he navigated with two scalding glasses of caffe latte”
“she ordered a caffe latte”
“she filled thermoses with coffee”
“Just as her coffee arrived …”
“He came in with a tray of coffee in paper cups”
“She ordered coffee and a sandwich
“She stopped at the coffee machine and pressed the button for a cup of cappucino”
“After a quick lunch of a Brie baguette and a latte”
“he poured coffee from his thermos”
“She made coffee and a sandwich”
“She was balancing two cups from the espresso machine”

And for all of us who have been defending our coffee habits during the decade of green-tea-and-bottled-water, Stieg Larsson has been our escape into a world where we’re okay.

“Jesus said … ‘What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ” (Matt. 15: 10-11)

God made Christians for: Enjoying God’s good gifts, including coffee!

How do you take your coffee?

Copyright © 2010 Carlene H. Byron

About Carlene Byron

Writer, editor, publicist, communications project manager ... I've written technology and infrastructure; I used to edit New England Church Life and The New England Christian and I've freelanced to publications ranging from Commonweal to Christianity Today. I'm now living in my hometown in Maine and am speaking about global perspectives on suicide prevention.
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