Frankly, I was a little depressed to find nary a typo for either Chicklist* or Checklit* in the entire OhioLINK database, but I quickly chucked all that and lit out instead in search of something for which Czechs might find themselves at the top of the list. So I checked and, sure enough, according to The Economist in 2006, Czechoslovakia ranked as the highest alcohol-consuming nation in the world. Adding a certain mystique to that half-impressive, half-depressing statistic is the land of Kafka and Kundera's longtime love affair with "The Green Fairy" (or la Fée Verte), the thujone-infused libation known as absinthe. Next time you're in Czechoslovakia, you might want to check out the world through green-colored glasses. (Or else you could just gaze upon a window display like this one in Prague.) There are two cases of Cheklist* and two of Chcklist* in OhioLINK, and 54 and five, respectively, in WorldCat.
(Viktor Oliva's "The Absinthe Drinker," the original of which can be found in the Café Slavia in Prague, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Friday, August 14, 2009
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Czechoslovakia split into Czech Republic and Slovakia on New Year's Day 1993.
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