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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Green Fairy


"For me, my glory is but a humble ephemeral absinthe."- Paul Verlaine

Godol Hador deals with drugs and the like in his new post as does addeRabbi.
So I figure I tell my little tale of hallucinogens:
After my sukos stay in Israel "I might have" stopped in the duty free store and "might" have bought a bottle of Absinthe , "The Green Fairy".
Absinthe was the trademark drink during the 19th century Paris. Famous artists, Bohemians, writers and poets like Picasso, Baudelaire, Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe, Degas, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde all indulged in it. Ahh' The mystical allure of "The Green Fairy" Absinthe has been banned in the United States since 1915 because people were having way too much fun.
The trick is the ingredient "Wormwood" from the Anglo-Saxon word wermode meaning "mind preserver".Found in Tanach , Proverbs 5, under A. herba-alba or A. Judaica. Absinthium, the plant's specific name, denotes the use of wormwood in the potent French drink.

Gaugin and van Gogh were roommates but tension between the two set the
stage for van Gogh's most infamous accomplishment, known even to those who
couldn't identify one of his paintings out of a lineup of Picassos.

Vincent had never been particularly stable, and Gaugin was no day at the beach himself. After the two had a violent argument - Gaugin left
town and van Gogh broke down. His established mental eccentricities aggravated
by a absinthe van Gogh began hearing things. With the cold, unrelenting logic of the insane, he deduced that the solution to the problem was to cut off his left ear.

He attempted to give the now-detached organ to a prostitute, insisting it was a
priceless gift.

I am hoping to have a less adventurous ride, but a great shabbus with the poison of dreamers none the less.
-amshinover:if you have nothing nice to say, say it here


  • At 11/03/2005 11:33 AM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said…

    An artist friend of mine offered me some in college. It smelled nasty. Then again, i think all alcohol tastes like burning...

  • At 11/03/2005 4:52 PM, Anonymous Uri said…

    As the old saw goes, "Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder"


  • At 11/03/2005 6:41 PM, Blogger Mis-nagid said…

    Absinthe is bullshit.

  • At 11/04/2005 1:51 AM, Blogger Le cafetier said…

    Absinthe isn't bullshit, but the idea that it is, or even used to be, a drug different from other liquors is.

    Some Czech producers try to sell more by doing the "barely legal" routine. Funnily, most of those obviously are terrible mouthwash flavoured concoctions anyway.

    Should you feel inclined to try one, ask the producer about wine spirit - most don't use it, but some of the better brands do (Jade Liquers). Among those better ones, I've received answers like "No, we don't use any wine or wine products in our production, I'm sorry." (Kubler)

  • At 11/07/2005 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the whole point of the stuff was to drink until the maydle on the bottle looked good!

    NU NU - ztniyus!


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