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He explains absinthe's curious intoxicating effect as due to thujone, the chemical in wormwood which acts as a stimulant - and so, when combined with the depressive qualities of alcohol, contrives to give the drink its speedball effect. Wormwood was an ancient insecticide; Baker reminds us of the "Mickey Slim", a combination of gin and DDT that surfaced in s America, and was said to produce a pleasant jittery feeling. As to whether absinthe is harmful or this book irresponsible - I don't give a damn.
The book of absinthe : a cultural history / Phil Baker. - Version details - Trove
All I know is that the former is very pleasant and the book is informative, amusingly written, and perceptive. As the Idler put it a couple of years ago: tonight we're gonna party like it's Topics History books. Higher education reviews. Reuse this content. Frontpage What is Absinthe? Social Media Tweets by realabsinthe. Press Press Coverage Press Releases.
Recipes Absinthe Cocktails. After all, it seemed only fair that while Phil explained Oscar Wilde's definition of the three stages of absinthe drinking that we made sure that the visitors were at least entering stage one: 'After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were.
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