The Scent of Literature

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Odors can stimulate the senses, bring back memories, and set moods. That means scent can be a powerful tool for writers. Over at Electric Literature, Jason Diamond looks at Tanwi Nandini Islam’s Bright Lines and the role of smelling in her new novel.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →