In Vino Veritas

A seagull rises in a white flurry from the blacktop with a series of heartrending shrieks, a
vocabulary very few of us understand, such a waste of wisdom. It's why Rimbaud, for all
his poetic genius, sighed in his lover Paul Verlaine's ear that sometimes he just wanted
to be a beggar in Africa. And yet ballsy acts of creation as destruction do occur. After a
day of drinking wine, for instance, I view things through a kind of reddish mist. "Stop
the car!" my passenger screams. "Let me out!" I push the accelerator all the way to the

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