Serge Lutens’ Pleasure Dome: Musc Koublai Khan
Perfumes / Poetry / Writing

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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And suddenly the memory returns: Marcel Proust

Perfumers love Marcel Proust.  The “episode of the madeleine” is the most famous passage from his multi-volume masterpiece, “À la recherche du temps perdu” (In Search of Lost Time), a book Proust began writing in 1909 until 1922 when he passed away from pneumonia. In one of the first volumes of the novel, he describes … Continue reading

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