Sniff and Sip — Sip and Sniff
Taste is made for pairings — grounds you even more in the now more than smell : it’s on the tip of your tongue
Taste is a sense that loves to be paired and grouped.
Here’s a little exercise that pedagogues can adapt both a structural and content level.
Books and Beverages What book would you pair with what beverage? Over the course of this work week, I intend to share one pairing of book and beverage per day for a total of four (all linkless [practicing a frugal copy & paste approach to sipping and sniffing]) Day One - Beverage - Lassi - Book - Michael Pollan - Food Rules (any edition, including the one illustrated by Maira Kalman [not Maria]) Day Two - Beverage - Lapsang Souchong - Book - William Gibson - The Peripheral (2014) Day Three - Beverage - Gin & Tonic - Book - Shockwave Rider (Sur l'onde de choc in French) by John Brunner Day Four - - Beverage - Piña Colada Mocktail - Book - In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power (1988) by Shoshana Zuboff aka know for The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (2019)
Bonus — for the next instalment ( another four day week — I’m taking Earth Day off — this happens in the future in April 2020)
Book (read-along audio): The Mind of a Mnemonist by Luria
Beverage (sniff and sip): Fine Cognac or Armagnac
Touch : the crinkle of paper and the smoothness of the glass snifter
On the basis of his studies, Luria diagnosed in Shereshevsky an extremely strong version of synaesthesia, fivefold synaesthesia, in which the stimulation of one of his senses produced a reaction in every other. For example, if Shereshevsky heard a musical tone played he would immediately see a colour, touch would trigger a taste sensation, and so on for each of the senses. The images that his synaesthesia produced usually aided him in memorizing.
(Take a peek the book cover to this edition looks like the late Lou Reed)
(Touch is the hinge sense between the 5 and 6) sixth sense = proprioception [Mnemonic — remember to touch your nose and you will be on the nose “Le rôle concret de la proprioception paraît lorsque par exemple notre sujet se sert du toucher en approchant le doigt du bout du nez les yeux fermés.”
Early thoughts on Touch as Translator
With its techno-erotic jingle, the telephone company invites consumers to reach out and touch someone. The corporation promises an encounter perhaps only realizable in the audio-tactile universe of a McLuhanesque global village where talking and touching are commutable. However, as with all effective advertising, cognitive dissonance inhabits the telephonic slogan. Seductive aurality suspends itself upon the delectable pain of hearing your party talk and an aching for the touch of their touching. The telephone company of course has no interest in mentioning that the infliction or experience of such a state is possible without technological mediation nor that its equipment provides functions equivalent to the services of a dominatrix.
For more on kids play as model for inter-sensory translations and the possibilities of sequencing and memory work and general aesthetic gratification see (with its strawberry after the hashtag)
For an appreciation of the semiotic dimensions of literary texts and how sequencing is a form of abstraction (arising and returning to the body (politic) see
Erotic reconnections are about inhabiting a body in a world and occasionally taking a trip out to the outer reaches of being human.
Keywords: pairing, sequencing (in that order), touch & proprioception (a gradus for the 21st century: to be read in either direction — seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, propiocepting (sp?).
And so for day 2756