Perfume Review: Frapin Nevermore

Edgar_Allan_Poe_by_VallottonMy latest post on Now Smell this is a fragrance review of Frapin’s Nevermore. You can read it here.

Image: Edgar Allan Poe by Félix Valloton (1895), via Wikimedia Commons.



Covet: Book Cover Tote Bags

I really don’t need any more tote bags, but if I did, I’d scoop up one of these totes featuring vintage book covers.

Here’s one of my favorite books, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), represented by its original Francis Cugat cover, a hallucinatory image  of an illuminated fairground or city skyline and a woman’s face materializing against a dream-blue sky.

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My Back Pages: George Orwell’s 1984

During freshman year of high school, my literature class was required to read 1984 (or, to be absolutely correct, Nineteen Eighty-Four) by George Orwell. Some of the novel’s finer points probably went over our heads, but we grasped the main concepts. The story of protagonist Winston Smith and his doomed personal rebellion against “Big Brother” and the Party that governs every detail of his life is a powerful one, even if you’re just fourteen years old and don’t really know all the historical context that surrounded the writing of the book. Continue reading “My Back Pages: George Orwell’s 1984”

My Back Pages: Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles

I was recently writing a review of some body products inspired by Brideshead Revisited and I ended up flipping through my well-loved copy of the novel in search of scent-related lines. There were more than I remembered. This is often the case: I pick up a book that I haven’t read in a while and I end up noticing references to perfume, fragrance, the sense of smell.

This series of posts will look back at stories and poems that include mentions of fragrance. Continue reading “My Back Pages: Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles”