Sunday, January 17, 2010

Prickly Cataloging Issues in Realia Part Two

Stasi Smell Jars. 

A concrete object, not a theoretical one.
The jar is sealed well and the scent stored in such a way as to preserve it.

The people involved would be the scent-producer, the scentee, I suppose, and the collector. In the statement of responsibility it just isn't clear cut to say it is the scentee only; you must have a smeller, I would think.
These smells were also collected without the scentee's knowledge or permission, but are attributed to them.
How important would the storage vessel be, or the mode of smell transmission: i..e., the article of clothing or what have you that is in the vessel, versus the smell itself?

Are you cataloging the smell? >>>oniony, acrid with a hint of rose. (and who gets to be the authority on what it smells like?  Isn't that a little subjective and debatable?)
Or the person? >>> Nino DeGubernatorial.
Or the item of scentedness? >>> one white gym towel, 12 inches by 24.
Or the entire vessel and contents? >>> A towel scented with the odor of Nino DeGubernatorial.

Here is a scent artist: right up my (bowling) alley.

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