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-- By Blanche in Maine on Sat, 22 Sep 2018 at 07:29.
There is an interesting reference to absinthe and "The Green Fairy" in Truman Capote's Music for Chameleons. It is a series of short stories. The particular story involves Truman sipping absinthe (with mint) on the terrace of a grand lady's home in Martinique. It is a delicious book, read it! and just about anything else he wrote. Such talent does not seem to exist today, where every "great" new writer is hyped up by a legion of tweets. RIP Truman, Gore and all the greats, your legacy lives on in this noisy vulgar age. Start with Other Voices, Other Rooms if you are not familiar with his writing. Enjoy!
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About the Green Fairy
Where there is a will, there is a way, and folks do go out of their way for a chance to meet the "Goddess" -- like the guy who claims the Green Fairy can be summoned by soaking wormwood in alcohol. Well, no, it cannot... sorry, but it just doesn't work like that. Unless you own a still, there is no way you will ever make real absinthe at home.
(I'm beginning to wonder why we called this part useful links...)
Anyhow, let's move onto the useful / interesting stuff... This page would not be complete without mentioning MsJekyll's Green Fairy page. A modern-day absinthe icon, MsJekyll published an absinthe website years before the current absinthe revival. Been there, done that - well before the current bunch of absinthe 'experts' appeared on the web. Don't miss MsJekyll's poetry - dark but beautiful.
What is absinthe?
What is the history of absinthe?
What is wormwood?
How about thujone?
What are the effects of absinthe?
How do I drink absinthe?
What is "La Louche" ritual?
What is an absinthe fountain?
The freedom-loving Green Fairy...
Goddess of rebel poets & artists
in France and beyond