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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →