I was approached today by an editor of a swanky NY magazine, to write an article about absinthe. They did a story featuring my guitars last year, and the writer saw my Pernod Fils chromo on the wall, and asked about absinthe... I obliged, and we spoke for quite a while, and had a glass together. It seems he spoke to the editor, and they decided an article would be a great idea, and the writer mentioned I have done some feature writing from time to time, as we shared some stories. So, they asked me.
I suggested a brief intro on absinthe, a short bit about it's banning, the mythology, how it is real, and legal, and being produced here in the USA. I then suggested featuring three craft producers, Gwydion, Cheryl, and Joe and Jules. They loved the idea,
and asked me to send out feelers. How cool is that?
They called me back, three hours later, after I had left messages with all three. "My boss decided that he only wants 250 words, and then a few photos. He put the kabash on a larger story." I explained that I was not interested in doing this, as something so short would not be something I could be proud of, nor would it communicate the points I wanted to share. I felt it would not do justice to the topic, and would be merely "fluff."
He understood, and went as far as to agree. I was then asked for Cheryl's number, so they could do it without me, if I was OK with that. I obliged, as I want to support her, despite not being involved.
Hopefully, something good will come from it. If it happens, I'll share it here. I simply didn't want to have anything to do with something that would have so little info, as it would not have done what I wanted it to do; to dive in and show the dedication and passion of the distillers, the history, the story, and to make people want to experience absinthe.
For perspective, what I typed above, is longer than the article they wanted. Let's hope they do something nice.
Edited by Scott M., 06 January 2014 - 08:39 PM.