The Guide; New York
by, 27th August 2012 at 01:01 AM (1083 Views)
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.
I love the book and continue to love it, sometimes all the more so for the eccentricities and foibles of its authors, but on occasion its judgments just leave me scratching my head. At issue right now is my first outing with Luca's beloved New York, of which I obtained a sample vial. Oh, it's all right, certainly, a well-constructed and long-lasting scent made of top-drawer materials, but I can't help feeling that this is what the makers of Stetson would have done with a little less vanilla and a lot more money. I get cloves and cinnamon, cinnamon and cloves, some powder, and not much more, for a long time.
Is it me, then? I feel worried by my inability to discern the natural superiority of the aristocrat here, although perhaps, with time, I will come to my senses...
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