We had plastic champagne flutes and no champagne
A staple instead of a ring. A dialectician in place of a priest

from Ben Lerner – [What, if not the derivative, will keep us warm?] on Rap Genius

Meaning

Mundane items that have a close relationship to exciting/expensive items:

The “champagne flute” is celebratory, like champagne itself

A staple literally conjoins while a wedding ring conjoins two people for the rest of their lives..

A dialectician goes from the first idea to the second idea and creates a sort of synthesis between them. During a wedding a priest ask the bride and then the groom until they are both married

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