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  1. Personal Updates, with an Emphasis on Scents

    Note: This has been sitting as a draft unposted since February 2014. I just discovered that I never actually posted it!

    OK, so I decided to switch horses in the middle of the stream; I'll start over.


    It's been over two years since I last posted to my blog, or since I've spent much time on Basenotes, for that matter. The reasons for that are a little bit involved, and I don't want to say too much about that in this blog entry. Maybe I'll save most of it for another one later
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  2. Fanciful Transformations


    Odd things come unbidden to mind and assume new associations.

    For example, as I was sitting down to read a rather mundane mystery novel, seemingly out of nowhere I suddenly remembered part of Ariel's song in Act I, scene ii of Shakespeare's The Tempest:

    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes;
    Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and
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  3. What is Luca Turin up to these days?


    Luca Turin has had quite a run, first surfacing as a popular writer on scents with two books, The Secret of Scent (2006) and the Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (2008). He had already become a familiar name to some through Chandler Burr’s book The Emperor of Scent (2002), which contained the first account of his theory of olfaction. After a bit of a gap, The Little Book of Scents came out in 2011; finally, we saw a collection of Folio Columns 2003 to 2014, which appeared in 2015 .

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  4. Nocturnal Meditation in Translation, "Clair de Lune"


    Translation is at best a difficult and dissatisfying, often even frustrating, task; yet I feel drawn to try my hand at it from time to time.

    This is a poem of Paul Verlaine, he of the sad and broken love affair and infatuation with the younger poet, his sometime admirer Arthur Rimbaud. The poem was also the inspiration for Claude Debussy's orchestral rendering in his piece of the same name, part of his Suite Bergamasque.

    Verlaine paints a moonlit landscape grounded
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    Updated 12th July 2017 at 07:03 AM by JaimeB

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  5. Smelled on the Street

    Quote Originally Posted by williamroe View Post
    someone had Aventus on in the grocery store last week. I couldn't tell who it was.... or which aisle they were projecting from.
    That was probably me, lol. I just smelled this yesterday on the train on the way into work.
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