In his entertaining book From A to B and Back Again Andy Warhol claims that he never kept a diary, but instead wore a different perfume each day, for one day only. Whether it is true or not (and indeed whether there are even that many perfumes available) he had an interesting point: Smell can have a surprisingly deep effect on us. In comparison with other senses we get very little training with smell: A one year old baby is already being told about colors, seldom being told to compare smells. James Joyce talked about the ineluctable modality of…
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