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Crochety Old Bastard (Artemis)
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Post Number: 940
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 8:21 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

"Welcome aboard. We do expect an uneventful evening at the Chat Noir's flight 69 ... "

Very good. Puts me in mind of Annabella Lwin, somehow.
"He is an unapologetic, crochety old bastard who will peddle any fibs that will make him a buck, or put him on a pedestal."
ENORMUS DICK (Louched_liver)
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Post Number: 2150
Registered: 12-2001


Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 10:06 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

That's why I take the dog out into the 'hood looking to accost people socially.

Overheard at Louche Fest 2003-
"Everyone that goes by, he says 'Hi!'".

Goddam right!
Hi, what're ya havin'?
ENORMUS DICK (Louched_liver)
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Post Number: 2149
Registered: 12-2001


Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 10:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Wolf sez:
The Internet misses the real human interaction.
With the internet we are all alone together...

A-fuckin'-men!

Hi, what're ya havin'?
pierre verte (Petermarc)
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Post Number: 506
Registered: 9-2001


Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 5:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

that postcard appears to be from the 1920's to me...
The Levitating Grin Salesman (Rimbaud)
le Duc
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Post Number: 359
Registered: 12-2001


Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 12:29 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

They give out little bags of sugar cubes instead of peanuts.
"Please pardon our appearance while we are levitating..."
Dr. O (Dr_ordinaire)
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Post Number: 481
Registered: 7-2001
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 12:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

"Welcome aboard. We do expect an uneventful evening at the Chat Noir's flight 69. However, in case of a sudden drop of your blood alcohol, absinthe bottles will drop from the overhead bins. Make sure to pour first for your underage companion before..."
The Levitating Grin Salesman (Rimbaud)
le Duc
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Post Number: 358
Registered: 12-2001


Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 11:14 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

An interesting pic I found in my archives...
cn
"Please pardon our appearance while we are levitating..."
pierre verte (Petermarc)
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Post Number: 505
Registered: 9-2001


Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 4:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

how true
Moonman's friend (Wolfgang)
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Post Number: 1019
Registered: 7-2001
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 10:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The Internet misses the real human interaction.

With the internet we are all alone together...
Crochety Old Bastard (Artemis)
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Post Number: 934
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 2:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

"You could always view the internet as the modern cafe."

Somehow the BYOB aspect makes it not the same, though ...
"He is an unapologetic, crochety old bastard who will peddle any fibs that will make him a buck, or put him on a pedestal."
Crochety Old Bastard (Artemis)
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Post Number: 933
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 2:42 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oxy says:

" ... it is, as far as I know, the most detailed contemporary English-language eyewitness account of Parisian cafe life (and the absinthe-drinking boulevardiers) of the era."

I immediately thought, moreso than the article you brought to our attention some time back? (a year or more, I think) ... now I realize it's the same article. FWIW, Oxy was kind enough to xerox the thing and send it to those who wanted it on that occasion. It's a remarkable and unique piece of journalism, for sure.
"He is an unapologetic, crochety old bastard who will peddle any fibs that will make him a buck, or put him on a pedestal."
Bob (I_b_puffin)
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Post Number: 226
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 11:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

You could always view the internet as the modern cafe.
Raschied Britannica (Raschied)
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Post Number: 375
Registered: 3-2002


Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 8:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Good times were had in my twenties going to a little cafe' in Midtown Sacto called Weatherstone. We used to sit out on the patio and play Go until 11 at night drinking the house Kona Mochas.

Now it's a fucking Starbucks.



Anyway, Great article!!
Ya gotta love species
That fling their own feces!
GO! SKAT! THROW!!
ENORMUS DICK (Louched_liver)
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Post Number: 2146
Registered: 12-2001


Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 8:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

If they had fast food, tvs and computers, they wouldn't have had cafes.
Still too bad most of America doesn't.
Hi, what're ya havin'?
Donnie Darko (Besanšon)
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Post Number: 63
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 9:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Funny how today in America we just grab some fast food on the way home from work and then lethargically sit on our fat asses in front of the TV or the computer.

What's a cafe? Well thanks to Oxy I now actually know!
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Gretchen--"Donnie Darko, sounds like some kind of superhero or something"
Donnie--"What makes you think I'm not?"
ENORMUS DICK (Louched_liver)
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Post Number: 2144
Registered: 12-2001


Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 8:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Looks like a breakfast I'd like to attend.

And ya gotta love a joint w/a stuffed dogfish hangin' from the ceiling.
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ENORMUS DICK (Louched_liver)
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Post Number: 2143
Registered: 12-2001


Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 8:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Shit!
Thanks OxyGenie.
Hi, what're ya havin'?
Z (Zman7)
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Post Number: 365
Registered: 7-2001
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 5:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Interesting and wonderful stuff to read. Thank you sir.
Z
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Oxygenee (Oxygenee)
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Post Number: 161
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 4:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

This lengthy article by Theodore Child first appeared in the April 1889 issue of Harpers Magazine. Its significant not just because it included a beautiful and often reproduced engraving by Renouard showing three elderly absintheurs, but because it is, as far as I know, the most detailed contemporary English-language eyewitness account of Parisian cafe life (and the absinthe-drinking boulevardiers) of the era.

I've added a page to my website with some of the engravings, including the Renouard. More importantly, there are links to download and view the full text (both with and without illustrations) in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
http://www.oxygenee.com/absintheBOOKS4.html

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