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post Feb 25 2012, 02:40 AM
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post Feb 27 2012, 10:23 AM
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QUOTE("Kirk")
If Nepenthes sells as many books as I sell spoons they should be available for about 20 more years. Not surprising, you can read for free and use a fork for sugar cubes.


I guess I'm not the only one for whom 200 euros is a bit expensive for a spoon.

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By the way, Delirium, that's a fine signature line.


I fell in love with the line immediately as I saw it. (:

QUOTE("Artemis")
This link was posted elsewhere, and I thought the story was okay:


Who has written this? This is a contenporary creation?


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post Feb 27 2012, 07:17 PM
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I didn't see any credits on the page to which I posted the link. I found this elsewhere:

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Theodore de Banville tells us in his "Souvenirs" how a poor starving devil, Montjoye by name, was ready to take his life in despair, when the thought of Dumas came to him like an inspiration from heaven. He found the great man deserted — all the servants had gone a-holidaying — but the host hurried into the kitchen, and prepared with his own hands a feast for the gods, for this stranger. It is a pleasant picture that the poet sets before us — the penniless beggar eating, and making witty remarks on the dishes as he attacked them, and Dumas beaming with delight and roaring with laughter, as he heaped the strange guest's plate with good things.


That's an excerpt from The Life and Writings of Alexandre Dumas, by Harry Spurr, published in 1902. It differs somewhat from the piece online, which leads you to believe Dumas and Montjoye were well-acquainted, that Dumas cooked for Montjoye on a regular basis, and that the servants left them alone sometimes, nothing about being on vacation. I like the cold call version better, which means it probably isn't true.

De Banville died in 1891. The original story is apparently from Souvenirs.


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post Feb 27 2012, 07:22 PM
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I guess I'm not the only one for whom 200 euros is a bit expensive for a spoon.


I can't argue, but it's all relative. People spend that much and more for absinthe, and when the absinthe is gone, it's gone. The spoon will (perhaps) be with you the rest of your life, will (no doubt) gain in value, and can be left to your heirs. All of my items from Kirk have already been given to my granddaughters, although they haven't been told about it yet (where is the wink emoticon?).


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post Feb 27 2012, 09:50 PM
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I've even heard of people paying much more for lesser works of art.
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post Feb 28 2012, 12:01 PM
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Oh yes I've seen the spoons. They're extraordinary pieces of art. Few months ago I made an investment and bought a bottle of absinthe, fountain, couple of spoons and couple of glasses. It all costed about 200 euros total. Of course I could have bought one spoon.


btw. It's not the spoon that bends, it's your mind!


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post Feb 28 2012, 02:53 PM
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If the spoon isn't bending, you're doing it wrong…


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post Feb 28 2012, 04:45 PM
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Any idea of the exact sources of the absinthe quotes reputed to Oscar Wilde?


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post Feb 28 2012, 08:27 PM
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Reputed is right. What you always see is "Oscar Wilde was quoted as saying (insert some nonsense)". You never see who quoted him or where Oscar wrote down what he supposedly said.

Our friend Hartsmar has done yeoman's work on this, and has set the record straight, at least to my satisfaction:

http://www.absinthe.se/absinthe-drinkers/oscar-wilde


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post Feb 29 2012, 02:12 PM
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"I guess I'm not the only one for whom 200 euros is a bit expensive for a spoon."
Here you go delerium:

=tags&ga_search_query=absinthe+spoon&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=]More affordable knock offs


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post Feb 29 2012, 04:30 PM
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That sux. And blows.


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post Feb 29 2012, 06:37 PM
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A disgusting and blatant rip-off of your work Kirk.
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post Feb 29 2012, 06:37 PM
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not reccommended for use as an absinthe spoon due to being fabricated out of copper


Absinthe not green enough for you, just use one of these.


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post Feb 29 2012, 06:39 PM
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Pitiful indeed.


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post Feb 29 2012, 07:02 PM
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QUOTE(sbmac @ Feb 29 2012, 06:37 PM) *

A disgusting and blatant rip-off of your work Kirk.

Actually, this one is closer to the mark, but yes, they both exhibit quite a bit of that "sincerest form of flattery."
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