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Anomie's Bonhomie: Un salon littéraire de parfums or THE REAL IN THE LIBRARY

COMING SOON: Nose in a book, A&I combines two of her biggest collecting passions/constant-usage obsessions: books and perfume! She lets her quarter-lifetime of bibliophilia lead her inexperienced nose. Tween shall meet olfactory experiences that are beyond words and, too, words no scent can convey. This place, in spite of the name, will be both hitting the highbrow lit top notes and loving the lowbrow lit base notes, but please, no middlebrow! Wax that, poetic. A pun ban is pending from the IFRA.

  1. Quotes from Djuana Barnes's Nightwood on Perfume, Mother Earth, and The Eternal Feminine

    by , 29th August 2012 at 05:36 PM (Anomie's Bonhomie: Un salon littéraire de parfums or THE REAL IN THE LIBRARY)
    p. 38
    The perfume that her body exhaled was of the quality of that earth-flesh, fungi, which smells of captured dampness and yet is so dry, overcast with the odour of oil of amber, which is an inner malady of the sea, making her seem as if she had invaded a sleep incautious and entire. Her flesh was the texture of plant life, and beneath it one sensed a frame, broad, porous and sleep-worn, as if sleep were a decay fishing her beneath the visible surface.
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  2. Perfumes Associated With Writers and Real Life Literary Figures*

    by , 28th August 2012 at 10:29 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 10:38 PM by anomie et ivoire

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  3. Dear, Redolent Reader

    by , 27th August 2012 at 11:02 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 11:46 PM by anomie et ivoire

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  4. No Great Expectations, but ... A Statement of Bloggy Intent

    by , 2nd August 2012 at 11:37 AM (Anomie's Bonhomie: Un salon littéraire de parfums or THE REAL IN THE LIBRARY)
    My first real contemplation of perfume beyond "ooh, pretty smell, mommy" was born of reading Audrey Hepburn's biography at age ten. I wanted so badly to experience her signature Givenchy L'Interdit that I spent several diary entries trying to imagine the perfume. I was quite disappointed with the re-release in the 2000s of course. But the original! I need to smell that.

    Once again via books I came back to scents: chancing upon the much-hyped or much-hated Guide (to which ...

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