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  1. Perfumes Associated With Writers and Real Life Literary Figures*

    by , 28th August 2012 at 09:29 PM (Anomie's Bonhomie: Un salon littéraire de parfums or THE REAL IN THE LIBRARY)
    *or so rumor and biographies would tell it...

    Author's Signature: A Spray of (Un)Consciousness A&I Poem

    Truman Capote wore Drakkar Noir;
    Sylvia Plath one--but which?--of the feminine Diors.

    Anais Nin though her name twice over was used in her honor by Cacharel later,
    thought Caron's Narcisse Noir, so right for her narcissistic confessionals, greater.

    Jean Rhys is associated with L'Heure Bleue:
    ennui!
    elan ...

    Updated 28th August 2012 at 09:38 PM by anomie et ivoire

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  2. Dear, Redolent Reader

    by , 27th August 2012 at 10:02 PM (Anomie's Bonhomie: Un salon littéraire de parfums or THE REAL IN THE LIBRARY)
    Scent as mood/focus for reading really adds something to the experience. As much as pop science touts the scent-memory connection perennially, everyday experience suggests smells and their associations are inextricable. Marcel had his madeleine cookie (taste + smell + texture). Lavender is often recommended to foster vivid dreams. Sage is supposed to be good for studying. Carnation is the "poet's flower."

    Reminded of my intention to come up with a few fun, maybe sometimes ...

    Updated 27th August 2012 at 10:46 PM by anomie et ivoire

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  3. The Guide; New York

    by , 27th August 2012 at 12:01 AM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    I'm thinking about The Guide right now, as I suppose many Basenoters do from time to time. LT and Tania's seminal book, now a strapping four-year-old and into its second edition, indicated a new way of thinking and writing about fragrance much as (I am indebted to anomie for this insight) Robert Christgau's Village Voice columns fundamentally shifted the grounds of pop music criticism, tightening it, sharpening it, demanding that everything essential fit in one hook-laden paragraph.
    ...

    Updated 28th August 2012 at 12:08 AM by Hojji77

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  4. Smokey Iris....

    by , 26th August 2012 at 09:58 AM (Scented Thoughts and Experiences)
    I've had a vintage free day today. It's almost unhinged me, frankly.

    As we are going camping and fishing for a week, i thought it best to end all my auctions, as i am not planning to take any technological device away with me. I am having an internet free week. The thought of that makes me anxious actually, so reliant am I upon the ability to do status updates from virtually any location. The campsite we stay at, does have wireless, but i am being firm with myself, and not taking ...
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  5. Feminin/Feminine

    by , 26th August 2012 at 03:35 AM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    By now I think most of us here are well aware that the line between men's and women's fragrances is mostly aleatory and driven by marketing. Like many modern gentlemen, I wear a number of feminines; right now I'm enjoying a small nightcap dose of Putain des Palaces, and Sikkim, as I have mentioned before, is probably in my all-time top five. Still, there are certain feminines that I would never, ever want on me, or rather certain topoi that remain off limits. To wit:

    --anything ...
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