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dr_ordinaire
post Feb 21 2014, 01:23 PM
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http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140109-…a-literary-muse


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post Feb 21 2014, 02:43 PM
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More crazy hype. Absinthe is not a good contributor to writing though probably good for inspiration in the visual arts as cannabis is for musicians. Many writers have used amphetamines. Coffee works for me but the best thing is reading. Gotta prime the pump. I find Absinthe, like meditation, quiets the words and relaxes the spirit providing respite from over thinking.


Green Hour Reverie

In this orb of war, tears and grief
I pause to appreciate the moment's peace --

Drop by drop water slowly
into emerald nectar blooms
the cumulus spirit
of woe's surcease

O cloud of joy
and respite!
O heaven of
Artemis and Anise!

I raise my goblet at dusk
and praise with delight
all things of beauty and ease.


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post Feb 21 2014, 11:20 PM
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That last bit says it all.


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post Feb 21 2014, 11:26 PM
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Did you write that?
"the cumulus spirit" - I like that. A fine play on words with louching in mind, but with multiple possibilities the more I think about it.

As for that article, is it even worth anybody's time even cataloging the errors? What a pile of crap.
Hallucinogenic? Not just once, but multiple times.
The Maupassant story doesn't say he actually drank any absinthe.
And the women in the paintings - they're not sullen (Degas), they're not hallucinating (Picasso), they have the thousand-yard stare, as do most of the absintheurs in paintings of the time. Some have eyes front (Picasso) and some not (Degas), but it doesn't matter, because the stare isn't focused upon the external world.
Does it occur to the dullards who write this shit, that to understand what it is the people in these paintings are experiencing, it might be a good idea to, I don't know, drink some absinthe ...

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Absinthe is not a good contributor to writing

I don't know. I've done some of my best writing under the influence, but then, I've done the same when not. I think it can be a good contributor, but so can beer, cannabis, any number of things. Reading is obviously the number one thing, but doing is even better than reading.


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post Feb 22 2014, 01:17 AM
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Yeah, I wrote it. Different things work for different people and I've probably written a few things after a drink or two. Kirk does it better. It is a bad article filled with the usual crap.


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post Feb 22 2014, 10:55 AM
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QUOTE(Jaded Prole @ Feb 21 2014, 06:43 AM) *
O heaven of
Artemis…

Not a very Biblical one, but guaranteed to provide an eternity of stimulating - if sometimes gruff . conversation!


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post Feb 22 2014, 02:18 PM
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I held my tongue since youth, not much to say, and I was saving it. Drinking let me speak but not write, so it was a combination of this place, the people and absinthe that awoke a need to spell it out, now I've said all I had to say, things I had bottled all my life, it will take another lifetime of reticence til I make more.


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post Feb 22 2014, 08:32 PM
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Amen. I was never reticent but I often feel like I've shot my entire wad right here. For sure, without this place, much of it would have gone unfired.
Thanks, Dr. O. In the early days, the admin here thought I was a woman, albeit a straight razor toting woman.


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post Feb 22 2014, 09:41 PM
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Beautiful, Prole!


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post Feb 23 2014, 08:46 AM
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Artemis, huntress of the hapless. Hardly a goddess in disguise. Godless and disgusted mebbe.


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post Feb 23 2014, 11:31 AM
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Me too.


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post Feb 24 2014, 10:26 PM
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QUOTE(Artemis @ Feb 22 2014, 12:32 PM) *
the admin here thought I was a woman, albeit a straight razor toting woman.

A pity your not.


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post Feb 24 2014, 11:03 PM
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You mean no razor, or no vertical smile?


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post Feb 25 2014, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE(Provenance @ Feb 24 2014, 02:26 PM) *

A pity your not.


Whatever you're trying to say.


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post Feb 25 2014, 03:36 PM
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