Here are some titles to add to your summer reading list:
Poets and perfumers come together in a recent anthology of fragrant poetry.
Legendary French nose Jean-Claude Ellena has written a memoir and more recently an insider’s look at the fragrance industry.
Another recent memoir by scent writer Denyse Beaulieu.
Alyssa Harad’s makes an account of her self-discovery through scent.
And for the kiddies old and young, Amber Jones’s scratch and sniff voyage through New York is available for purchase here.
Those lucky enough to be near Calgary can take the scent-guided tour of the city courtesy of Swerve, the city’s online event and culture guide. The rest of us will take have to take the virtual tour.
Thank heavens for more innovative technology at the park. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, just a hop from Newark, NJ is hosting the “Story of Scent,” a free walking tour of the natural smells narrated by a voice recording accessed through cell phones.
The tours are ongoing May – Setptember 2012 from 8 am – dusk
353 East Hanover Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07962
Check out the first annual Artisan Fragrance Salon in San Francisco Sunday July 8, 2012.Tickets range from $25-$40 depending on your need for souvenirs.
SF Sniff is hosting other events the same weekend, starting Saturday July 7, 2012. Go to the SF Sniff page for details.
Calgon take me away!… Scholars Paul Rodaway, Tracey Lauriault, and Marc Brosseau have been busy exploring connections between literature, geography, and olfaction. Their work provides academic theory to similar projects by scent artist Sissel Tolaas, as well as perfumes designed to transport people to various destinations, for example, Byredo, Le Labo, Miller et Bertaux, Scent of Departure, Bond N° or time travel via Histoire de Parfums.
Dr Denise Chen, director of the Human Olfaction laboratory at Rice University, recently gave a talk about current theories on the relationship between olfaction and emotion.
Check out one of the most active olfactive artists, Peter De Cupere. His works include a piano that makes scent instead of notes, a massive tree trunk suspended an infused with odors meant to induce sadness, a garbage bag full of urban funk, and a smoke room.
Ever wondered what David Bowie’s fey dark prince from Labyrinth might smell like? The noses behind Black Alchemy Lab give you a whiff along with other scents inspired by the movie.
Here are some tips about how to retrain your nose and palate for healthier cravings. Eating ethnic foods with more bitter, spicy or vinegary flavors can help Americans get leaner.
Read up on the latest psychoanalysis of the human experience of smell from Psychology Today online.
Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar unpacks the olfactive variable of heterosexual attraction.