Ahh, my long-neglected community. How I've missed thee. Well, after turning in grad school applications, I've finally found time to read again. I've started working on James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, and was particularly intrigued by the following lines:
Joey raised his head as I lowered mine and we kissed, as it were, by accident. Then, for the first time in my life, I was really aware of another person's body, of another person's smell."
Since reading that, I've contemplated the idea of scent as being a highly important sensory detail in awareness that is often ignored for more active senses such as sight, touch or taste. Though all of our senses are involuntary, we can control what we see, touch or taste more, it seems, than what we smell, yet scents are all around us and can often influence our moods, our perception of our environment and our knowledge of other people. This excerpt places special emphasis on this often-overlooked sense and has made me more aware of the scents around me that I noticed everyday but often passed over without a second thought.
Anywho, just wanted to share that. Out of curiosity, is there anyone out there who has read Giovanni's Room? If so, what did you think of it? I'm not through with it yet but have enjoyed it thus far.
On August 17th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
not only have i read giovanni's room several times.i became obsessed with the story, that i wrote a symphonic poem for it.. the score is currently being perused by the program council and music director, Ken Nagano of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. That's how much the booked moved and affected me. If you have any influence and desire to hear the score, e-mail the mso and tell them to play the damn thing. It's not a silly, little maudlin piece, but when the last note is played it will leave you with the same emotions the book gave to you. later Karl Julius Lieck