Thursday, March 22, 2012

stinky springtime links

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Some fresh stinky tidbits to send you into your weekend (May it be fragrant!):
  • Hitting right in the sweet spot of Nosy Girl's Smells & Stories Venn diagram is this New York Times piece, "Your Brain on Fiction:" 
"Words like 'lavender,' 'cinnamon' and 'soap,' for example, elicit a response not only from the language-processing areas of our brains, but also those devoted to dealing with smells."
  • Also squarely in that sweet spot, a beautiful, pertinent passage from The Art of Fielding, a book I finished yesterday and highly recommend: 
    "He could smell the way Owen's life and habits--weed and gingery cleaners; bookbinding glue, stiff white soap and garlicky tang of his skin; hardly a trace of Henry except for a faint bouquet of ribbed gray sock--had imagined themselves deep in the walls and floorboards of the place."  
  • Nosy favorite D.S. & Durga gives New York magazine a peek at their studio. I love the details and the promise of those tiny bottles. Woodyamber! Beaver extract!  
 The makings of East MidEast must be on those shelves somewhere! [photo by Wendy Goodman]

  • In a column called "Politics, Odors and Soap," Nicholas Kristof mentions a study that found people "offered harsher, more moralistic views after 'fart spray' had been released in the area."  He also notes that conservatives "secrete more skin moisture when they see disgusting images, such as a person eating worms. Liberals feel disgust, too, but a bit less." Does this make for sour-smelling conservatives who grow harsher and more moralistic in the company of their sour-smelling brethren?
  • Do you read the blog Letters of Note? They recently posted a letter of advice, well worth a read, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter. The letter referenced Shakespeare's Sonnet 94 and this couplet burrowed into my brain: "For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds/Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds." 
  • Thanks to Britta, Beth, & my dad for these last quick links:

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re: The pope's own fragrance: When I was a kid in Catholic school, I learned about "the odor of sanctity"--could this be it? Or perhaps the "odor of sanctimony"? In any case, potential names bang around in my head: "Pope in the Pulpit." "Eau d'Humanity." "Infallible." My current favorite--"Holy Shit." What's next, the inevitable shower soap, "Pope on a Rope"?

OMG, indeed.
Aunt Chris

nosy girl said...

Now I want to buy all those perfumes, Aunt Chris. Someone definitely needs to give you the job of head nailpolish-namer.

Preets said...

Who would want to smell like the pope, anyway? I bet he needs something pretty intense to camouflage the rat-fart odour of his constant disgust.

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