Posts Tagged: perfume

Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, Grant Snider considers New Year’s resolutions in his inimitable way. Then, Barbara Berman draws a connection between two recent poetry collections—famous German playwright Bertold Brecht’s posthumous Love Poems and The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems About Perfume, edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby. Each poem in the latter makes sense of scents in a […]

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And In Some Perfumes Is There More Delight

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You know what Ernest Hemingway looked like and what his writing sounded like—but what did he smell like? Inspired by a perfume on Etsy called “Dead Writers,” Book Riot’s Amanda Nelson imagines scents named after various canonical authors. Our favorites include Flannery O’Connor (“Church incense, soap, vanilla, ginger”) and Edgar Allen Poe (“Poppies, absinthe, sandalwood, […]

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This Book Stinks

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Apparently,  Marina Fiorato’s new novel The Madonna of the Almonds has a complementary perfume designed to smell like Renaissance Italy, the setting of her book. This strikes me as either ingenius or idiotic —probably both— and may just be another reminder about how desperate publishers are to sell their wares. Oh well. I’m ok with it […]

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