DR. M. Leona Godin’s ‘Aromatica Poetica’ Newsletter: Smell without Imperfection Is Merely Pretty!

Scented/tactile performance, AI at the Whitney, molecules of connectedness, fragrant photos, pressure cooking, dog shit, alchemy/poetry & a half marathon are some of what you’ll find in this edition of the Dr. M. Leona Godin’s Aromatica Poetica Newsletter… ID: The Good Life flyer has a “SOLD OUT” stamp over the June 29 date, a circle around the July 13 date,… Read more

“Becoming Blind (as a Bat): A Scented Storytelling Journey at Olfactory Art Keller – Final Performance!

Final chance to experience “Becoming Blind (as a Bat)”! After two sold-out performances at @Olfactory_Art_Keller in January, I’m doing one last encore of this scented storytelling journey on Wednesday, February 21, 7pm. Tickets are going fast–hope to hear you there! BUY TICKETS * “Becoming Blind (as a Bat): A Scented Storytelling Journey” joins my worlds – writing, performance, smell (Aromatica… Read more

Smell Menagerie: ‘Aromatica Poetica’ Winter Newsletter

The AP Winter Newsletter features: Open submissions, talks and travel, exploring barnyards by nose, chocolates by touch, a soap/burgers story, and more… Dear friends and family, The new year always launches me into a gratifying state of cautious optimism. Thanks to a small burst of speaking invitations, I’m looking forward to connecting with some of you in person over the… Read more

Contemplating the Many Things Worse than Being Blind at the Helen Keller Forest Hills Tribute Mural

Thanks to a wonderful writer friend, Jess DeCourcy Hinds, I learned about The Helen Keller Forest Hills Tribute Mural in Queens, New York, where Keller lived for many years. Sadly, Keller’s home no longer exists. In its place stands the Reform Temple of Forest Hills at 71-11 112th Street, which was formerly 93 Seminole Avenue. That’s “where Helen Keller resided… Read more

#HappyBirthdayHelenKeller and Hello #DisabilityPrideMonth!

About 15 years ago I first learned that Helen Keller performed in vaudeville. As I discuss in There Plant Eyes, I was moonlighting as a performance artist with the Art Stars of the Lower East Side when I stumbled upon the delicious fact that Helen and Annie did the vaudeville circuit for 4 years (1920-24), I instantly knew it would… Read more

Footnote on ‘Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel’ by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry (Doubleday, 2022) by Bonnie Garmus is funny and charming despite the brutal 1950’s sexism—a sexism which, even if less systematic and unapologetic, will still resonate with most women today. You can’t help but fall in love with Elizabeth Zott, who is hilarious in her seriousness about chemistry, love, family, cooking, and everything else. Ad to the formula… Read more