The English mystic Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) found artistic inspiration during the Green Hour.
In 1918, Crowley famously wrote an essay about the Green Goddess while at the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans.
Below is a page from an early manuscript of Crowley’s essay, “The Green Goddess.”
A new book by absintheur and Lucid fan Scott MacDonald features life-size photos of absinthe antiques from the mid 1800s through the early 20th century.
The absinthe antiques in the book evoke a time of beauty, art, new technologies and changing culture.
For more information about the book, visit its website at Absinthe Antiques.
For absinthe lovers living in the European Union, the latest news:
In a vote, [European] lawmakers declared there was no need for the spirit to contain a minimum amount of thujone, the wormwood plant toxin that is believed to give [absinthe] its peculiar intensity.
More specifically, European Parliament has rejected a proposal that would have required drinks labeled “absinthe” to contain minimum levels of anethole and thujone (which can come from several herbs, including anise and wormwood, respectively). The European Parliament will continue to debate the definition of absinthe until a resolution is approved.