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    Deleted Scenes from 'The Perfect Scent'
    by Published on 15th January 2008 12:52 PM

    Editor's note: This is the third of our exclusive 'deleted scenes' from Chandler Burr's forthcoming book, The Perfect Scent. Chandler has written a brief paragraph explaining the context of the piece at the start.

    Details of how you can obtain the book, as well as the chance to discuss this extract can be found at the end.




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    I actually don’t remember why my editor wanted this cut, and I strenuously disagreed with him—and still do; I love this section—but you pick your battles, and I gave up on this.

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    The fact is that perfume as an art ...

    Deleted Scenes from 'The Perfect Scent'
    by Published on 11th January 2008 12:57 PM

    Editor's note: This is the first of our exclusive 'deleted scenes' from Chandler Burr's forthcoming book, The Perfect Scent. Chandler has written a brief paragraph explaining the context of the piece at the start, and the extract is rounded off with a brief Q&A.

    Details of how you can obtain the book, as well as the chance to discuss this extract can be found at the end.

     

    I wrote this section for the first draft of the book for obvious reasons: given that this would be my first book written as The New York Times perfume critic, I logically assumed I would want to explain how I became that critic. I liked it; my editor, George Hodgman, didn’t. He felt it distracted from the two central narratives, Hermès and Sarah Jessica Parker, and that this degree of detail wasn’t necessary in The Perfect Scent. With some reluctance I agreed to take it out—I think ultimately George is correct—and if I ever write a book about my adventures as the Times critic, it’ll go in there.

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    A few weeks before the Hermès piece came out in The New Yorker in March 2005, Francesca Leoni introduced me at a party to Stefano Tonchi, head of fashion at both The New York Times Magazine and T, which is The Times' fashion magazine. Francesca had already mentioned me to him—both she and Stefano are from Florence—he was very welcoming, said, "Oh, yes! You! Come see me Friday in my office." ...