I liked this article in yesterday’s Times about how absinthe is being manufactured and sold in America for the first time in like forever, but I sort of had some problems with the thrust of the piece. Like:
“For years, absinthe’s chief appeal has been its shady reputation and contraband status. It was said to have caused artists like Van Gogh to hallucinate. Now that it is safe and legal, will anyone still drink it?
“To find out, I tried the two absinthes on sale in New York along with an early sample of St. George Absinthe Verte. And I was astonished by how delicate, gentle and refreshing they were.”
Oh. Weird. I thought it was so special because you had to order it from Europe and drink it a special way and you or somebody you know would end up sitting on the curb of Atlantic Avenue throwing up into the gutter. I guess that paragraph must have been lost in a tragic typesetting accident or something.