“Oddly, though, lists are reassuring. We become aware of this if we scrupulously follow a recipe, which is essentially a list of ingredients and actions; but if we give this ‘list’ too much importance, we leave no room for the imagination.”
—Jean-Claude Ellena, The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur
I’m obsessed with the delights of the sense of smell, which led me to a much greater interest in perfume. Jean-Claude Ellena is one of the major figures in the creation of perfume. The Diary of a Nose is his book about his process.
I’m very attracted to any kind of list, particularly to-do lists. They can be freeing, but also constraining — like so many things.