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A Philosophy of Love: the Self and the Scented

“Does my heart move because I love someone who is an absolute singularity, or because I love the way someone is?”–Jacques Derrida When I was a teenager, there was a distinction between “love” (with a capital L) and “like.”  Love is something heavy, grown up, and slightly tortured, while like allowed you an out.  You … Continue reading

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Keiko Mecheri’s Bespoke Collection
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Keiko Mecheri’s Bespoke Collection

I had the good fortune of meeting last night the legendary Keiko Mecheri, at MiN New York.  Although she now calls California home, Mecheri’s Japanese ancestry comes through clearly in her self-effacing and friendly demeanor.  Mecheri studied graphic design at UCLA, and from that training she learned that a work of art is never created … Continue reading

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Serge Lutens’ Pleasure Dome: Musc Koublai Khan
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Serge Lutens’ Pleasure Dome: Musc Koublai Khan

In Edward Said’s celebrated book, Orientalism, he discusses the ways in which Europeans–particularly the French and the British–imagined the East in its literature, art, and journalistic discourse, as a means of fully defining the Occident, or the West.  By creating an image of the “Orient” as exotic, with its languid and eroticized culture, Europeans could imagine … Continue reading

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A New, Noisier Way of Writing – from the New York Times

Anand Giridharadas writes in the New York Times about how the digital age has changed the pace of writing.  His thoughts are very much in line with my own thoughts about perfume blogging and online sources of information about perfumes.  Fascinating read! You can read the article by clicking here. Question for all of you … Continue reading

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The challenge of writing about smells
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The challenge of writing about smells

In 3QuarksDaily.com, Rishidev Chaudhuri writes a brilliant review of the now classic book on perfumes, “Perfumes: The A-Z Guide” by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Turin and Sanchez review 1,800 fragrances from both niche and mainstream companies and weigh their merits in some of the most exhilarating and witty writing I have read in a … Continue reading

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