Literature informs the soul, even in Hollywood. I found this out when I read Chandler Burr’s novel, “You Or Someone Like You”. Imagine my delight when I found that, not only was he being interviewed by Lanier of Scents Memory, but that he had written three books on the art of perfume. Why is it that some of my favorite writers find their way into literature through scent?

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  1. George Kaplan
    August 20, 2013

    “Literature informs the soul”, yes it does, and anyone who doesn’t believe that is immediately suspect (well, worse really!). Harsh? Possibly. True? Indubitably! 😉 Thanks for the link to young Master Lanier’s doubtless excellent piece… Now, I have to read that novel…

    • August 20, 2013

      I think you’d like it — it’s a look at Hollywood from a completely different angle.

  2. August 20, 2013

    Oh… how Wonderful you are! By the way his first book, “A Separate Creation” is not about scent. It is about genetics and the origin of homosexuality in the individual. It is now on my reading list! I think you will really enjoy The Perfect Scent and The Emperor of Scent. He is such a wonderful writer!

    • August 20, 2013

      That was slap dash of me! I will pick up a copy. And, did you ever read Paul Monette’s book of autobiographical essays, “Last Watch of the Night”?

      • August 20, 2013

        No I haven’t read it…..is it about watching the Tonight Show? Oh I just couldn’t resit that! I will take a look at it.

      • August 21, 2013

        It’s kind of a tough, but beautiful read about the AIDS years…

      • August 21, 2013

        Oh…well I have been there. I will put it on my list. xoxox

  3. Heather in Arles
    August 20, 2013

    Bravo for reblogging this really fine piece. I never would have found Lanier’s writing if it wasn’t for Beguiling! Mr. Kaplan’s either but I have to stick around here apparently if I want to see more (hint, hint). 😉

    PS. August is for reading…I just slipped through John Irving’s “In one person” in five days! Woot, woot!

    • August 21, 2013

      Lanier and George are writers that just whisk you away to other worlds. I know the interview series is going to be continued on other perfume blogs which is fascinating – and George is working on a few pieces for Beguiling. Hint taken!

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