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First Lines Literature Coffee Mug - The Greatest Opening Lines Of Literature, From Anna Karenina to Slaughterhouse Five - Comes in a Fun Gift Box - by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
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- Featuring 24 opening lines of some of the greatest works of literature.
- 12 oz. mug. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
- From the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. Don't worry. We are employed, just not as philosophers. We're a small, Brooklyn based company specializing in gifts for the sophisticated gift giver. For whatever you need, we have presents of mind.
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Brought to You by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild's birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a "disappearing" chalice.)
Others argue that the UPG dates from the High Middle Ages, when the Philosophers Guild entered the world of commerce by selling bawdy pamphlets to pilgrims facing long lines for the restroom. Business boomed until 1211 when Pope Innocent III condemned the publications. Not surprisingly, this led to increased sales, even as half our membership was burned at the stake.
More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people's needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff.
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this for a gift - your librarian - the leader of your book group - a good teacher - any compulsive reader (even yourself.) In fact, I am adding it to my wish list before Christmas rolls around.
We all enjoyed the name of the company (Unemployed Philosophers Guild) as much as we did the mug!
I'm using this mug rather than returning it because it's not cracked and I'm pretty gentle with my dishes and it seems like the flaw was probably just one of those manufacturing quirks that happens from time to time. Other than that, the mug is cute and the ordering and shipping process was great. I would definitely give this company another shot.
The ceramic it's made from is very strong, but incredibly light, and the container portion holds a little more than your average coffee mug. But not overly so. The lettering has held up quite well over the years and it still shows up wonderfully with no dulling or any sort of peeling! In fact the only flaw in my mug that I can see is a small chip on the lip of the mug that obscures the ending of one line of text. That, of course, happened after some wear on my part and the mug hadn't arrived in such condition.
All in all; great product! A little pricey for simple coffee mug with a (amazingly) cool design, but I think literary buffs can spare the extra bucks for a rather cool sipping experience.