Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Scent and Color

In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley imagined a future where people would go to concerts to experience "scent and color" instruments where each note transmitted enticing smells of sandalwood and other perfumes and projected pictures on the ceiling. 

- from Color: A Natural History of the Palette, Victoria Finlay

on this site search Synasthesia, Scent Aria for related articles


photo: Brown Texture Lura Astor

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I liked the smell ...

A well-known writer got collared by a university student who asked, "Do you think I could be a writer?"

"Well," the writer said, "I don't know .... Do you like sentences?"

The writer could see the student's amazement. 

Sentences? Do I like sentences? I am twenty years old and do I like sentences? If he had liked sentences, of course, he could begin, like a joyful painter I knew. I asked him how he came to be a painter. He said, "I liked the smell of the paint."

- Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Palette: by Lura Astor