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From the Archives: Summer Reading 2012

July 1st, 2016
From the Archives: Summer Reading 2012

As the haze and heat of summer kick into full swing, the folk of Open Letters break out their annual Summer Reading recommendations!

Our Year in Reading 2015

December 1st, 2015
Our Year in Reading 2015

In the course of the year, many, many books cross the paths of OLM’s editors, and the end of the year is a natural time for reflecting on that endless stream. Our editors each pick a book from their year-in-reading that stood out from the rest.

Our Year in Reading 2014

December 1st, 2014
Our Year in Reading 2014

Our unabashedly bookish editors and friends look back on some of the highlights from 2014’s reading.

The Very Edge of Fiction

August 1st, 2014
The Very Edge of Fiction

Ben Lerner has followed his breakout novel Leaving the Atocha Station with a metafictional tale of a second-time novelist trying to throw a book together. Is it more than a game?

Title Menu: 12 Hot Summer Reads

July 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 12 Hot Summer Reads

It’s summer at last, and you won’t find any relief from the heat in our editors’ round-up of the hottest books they know.

From the Archives: Summer Reading 2012 Continues

July 1st, 2013
From the Archives: Summer Reading 2012 Continues

Our feature continues, as more Open Letters folk share their annual Summer Reading recommendations!

The Madwoman and the Critic

May 1st, 2013
The Madwoman and the Critic

On Kate Zambreno’s Heroines and the crime of dismissive criticism in both Bookforum and The LA Review of Books

On the Scent: An Interview with Alyssa Harad

July 1st, 2012

The author of Coming to My Senses in conversation with our own example of a very special breed of aesthete, the perfume lover.

On the Scent: Adventures in Perfume Layering

April 1st, 2012
DSquared HeWood

You choose a perfume, you apply it, and you let it live and breathe on your skin – but you never, never mix and match. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. Our resident maitresse de parfums begs to differ – and shares some interesting discoveries

Our Year in Reading

December 1st, 2011

In this special feature, we look back at some highlights of the reading we did in 2011

Our Year in Reading Goes On

December 1st, 2011

More highlights from our 2011 reading

On the Scent: A Dip in the Mainstream

December 1st, 2011
Perfume Testing

Our resident nose slows down in front of a perfume counter and stops to smell what’s selling

On the Scent: The Odorants in Deodorants

May 1st, 2011

Our resident nose sniffs those most populist of perfumes: the ones we rub under our arms. Join her on a guided tour through the pharmacy aisle.

On the Scent: The Naturals

April 1st, 2011

It seems a given that natural scents would be preferable to synthetics, but might it be that our our perfume biases are too simplistic?

Learning to Read Perfume: A Talk with Chandler Burr

February 1st, 2011

Our poet of perfume and the curator of the brand new Center of Olfactory Art discuss why perfumes demand to be smelled and why “perfume is the only art form in which Americans are more illiterate than poetry.”

On the Scent: Auteur Theory

December 1st, 2010

The great lie of the perfume industry is that the scents you wear are created by the designers that brand them. In fact perfumers with signature styles are behind those scents, and Elisa Gabbert gives them some overdue recognition.

The Scents of Memory Theater

October 1st, 2010

Music and photographs can stir memories, but in the world of scent, only a single molecule — a single note — is needed to take us deep. In this installment of her regular column, our author waxes on how the Eighties and Nineties smelled.

On the Scent: Difficult Pleasures

September 1st, 2010

Our regular scentstress extols the difficult: sharp notes, throwbacks, and sweaty musks over easy patchoulis and fruity bores.

On the Scent: A Dozen+ Roses

July 1st, 2010
this one

Roses: they might have smelled sweet to Shakespeare, but what did he know about the perfume industry? Our regular olfactory column takes on the biggest scent cliche of them all.