The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

More specifically concerning: smell

Domesticity

12 January 2003, around 9.49.

The house is filling up again—graduate students (myself included) returning for naught week. My neighbor slams her door, rattles her keys, rustles a storm of plastic bags. I do not imagine I seem any quieter to her. And now everything smells of canned beef stroganoff, an odor which, with the interminable rumblings of the kitchen […]

I feel sick

11 November 2003, around 8.50.

Nauseous.

Crambe repetita (4)

13 January 2004, around 8.38.

Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit.

peripatetic

20 August 2004, around 17.51.

The look of sunflowers bent in the streetlight. Streets butting into dead ends and empty lots (still smelling of farmland), signposted ‘private property, trespassing, loitering forbidden’. Circumspect distance maintained between pedestrians while waiting for the crosswalk signal in pseudo-suburbia: ca. eight feet. Inconvenient end of the concrete sidewalk in molehills, broken glass, blackberry brambles and […]

teatime

14 October 2007, around 19.41.

Life is too short for this book which smells of potpourri and afternoons misspent in faded floretry. I cannot tell whether it is the cloying stink or the dullness of the matter (promising to tend where I do not care to follow: to gossip and muddle and the human failing of overestimated importance) that caused […]

A view (19)

4 November 2007, around 18.07.

olfactory, rather than visual.

them apples

12 July 2008, around 6.00.

This people lives on the smell of wild apples that grow there; and if they go far from home, they take some of these apples with them, for as soon as they lose the smell of them they die. —Travels of Sir John Mandeville (p. 181)

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