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The Smell of Books; the Power of ‘Wuthering Heights’

April 12, 2012 | by

  • The Department of Justice is suing several large publishers, plus Apple, for alleged price collusion on e-books.
  • How not to squander a book advance: a primer from Emily Gould. (Hint: leather vests don’t count as investments, whatever the lady at the shop may say.)
  • Meanwhile at the Awl: how not to ruin a book tour. Servicey!
  • Wuthering Heights … home of wind turbines? Concerns over wind farms in Brontë country.
  • While rhapsodizing about the “smell of books” is something of a personal peeve, this video, in which University College London chemists analyze the distinctive perfume, is interesting. Apparently, the bouquet is “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.”
  • Welcome to the Storyverse.
  • Günter Grass speaks out on his ban from Israel.


    1. Dom | April 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

      These On The Shelf posts are cool and all, but I’d really like to see more essays and such by Sadie. Please? More posts in the vein of the Ways and Means piece, yes?

    2. Sadie Stein | April 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Hi Dom, Thanks for the kind words! You can certainly expect more from me when things settle down a little here! Worry not, I have several (odd) things in the hopper…

    3. Shelley | April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      That book tour article is terrifying.

    4. Joe Carlson | April 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    5. Rodger Jacobs | April 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I agree, Dom, but give Sadie some time, she was only promoted (deservedly so) to Senior Editor of TPR Online on March 27.

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