Dec 062014
Andy Tauer's Advent Calendar

(Please note: the draw has been extended until Monday morning, December 8. Winner will be announced then) The other night, a friend texted me from a party. She couldn’t remember the name of a fragrance she was wearing, and everyone there kept asking about it, drunk on the scent. It was Carillon Pour Un Ange, [read more…]

 Posted by on December 6, 2014
Oct 312014
Bruno Fazzolari: The Eye Smells What the Nose Sees

I first met Bruno Fazzolari at the end of an until then interminable cross country trip. My boyfriend at the time was a friend of his boyfriend at the time, which is a long story and another form of interminable I’d rather not get into. This at-the-time boyfriend and I stayed in Bruno’s guest bedroom, a nice cozy space [read more…]

Oct 242014
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: Color and Furniture

No Jacques Demy film after The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was ever quite so colorful, so pattern on pattern or beautifully contradictory visually. The intensity of feeling in the locked tight, wallpapered chambers of that film seems simultaneously sullen and vibrant. The feelings are all over the place, and the colors speak to that spill, but the patterned [read more…]

Oct 222014
Melissa and Maysey, October 11

This was at a birthday party disguised as a wedding. You know how people say, “He gets it”? A lot of people didn’t. Straight woman, gay man. We registered for gifts at Macy’s and Target. We posted fake engagement photos on Facebook which seemed nakedly photo-shopped to me but confused various relatives, my high school English teacher, [read more…]

Oct 162014
Kerry Tribe's Haunted House: The Greystone Mansion Murders

You’ve probably seen the Greystone Mansion dozens of times, without realizing what exactly you were looking at. The house has been colonized by the fantasy logic of many films over the years – absorbed, remapped, and reassembled according to the narrative demands of the cinematic narratives into which it’s been inserted. Rooms of the house [read more…]

 Posted by on October 16, 2014
Sep 152014

What would you say you’re trying to communicate when you write about perfume? The first thing I’d say I try to communicate is what the scent smells like. And that starts off in a really kind of empirical way: it smells like these notes. Then I move to what it makes me feel; what it’s [read more…]