"A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world.
What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset."
- Oscar Wilde
Chemical analyses indicates that people between 8,000 and 9,000 years ago concocted a fermented, winelike drink. One of the ancient jars contained a liquid that had traces of wormwood, suggesting the beverage might have been an early version of absinthe.
As part of an MTV stunt, Manson surprised students in a Temple University class, Art and Society, in Philadelphia Monday with an hour-long guest lecture. His first question? Could he share a bottle of absinthe with the students? The green fairy stayed on the desk as Manson responded to questions about art, politics and religion. …