Monday, March 26, 2012

Enya + Sufjan Stevens = Perfume Genius

P.S. I wrote about "A Favor" by Okkervil River for Coldfront's Song of the Week feature:
“A Favor” by Okkervil River may be the saddest song I’ve ever heard. From the first line (“Wrapped in Star Wars sheets” – or, alternatively, “Rapt in Star Wars sheets”) to the chorus, where desire transforms into subjugation, it is almost impossibly poignant, like your worst, most precious memories of failure and heartbreak, softened by repeat rememberings to the silky texture of completely immersive nostaglia.


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    1. Believe it or not, never heard that term before!

  2. Not to be confused with olfactophilia, which looks like the right word for your love of fragrances.

    "Olfactophilia or osmolagnia is a paraphilia for, and sexual attraction to, or sexual arousal by smells and odors emanating from the body, especially the sexual areas. Etymologies: olfactophilia (Latin=olfacto, to smell, pertaining to the sense of smell, and philia, love); osmolagnia (Greek=osme, smell, and lagneia, lust).

    Sigmund Freud used the term osphresiolagnia in reference to pleasure caused by odors.

    Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary includes them into parosmias, disturbances of the sense of smell."

    1. Yeah I don't go that far. Did you know that when foot-binding was popular in China, men eroticized the smell of women's rotting feet? (Ewwwwww)

  3. That's grosser than Japanese men eroticizing the black teeth of geisha.

    I remember going to an old girlfriend's apartment. When she let me in, she looked a little nervous. Immediately I entered I was overpowered by the stench of sweaty gym socks. "I'm sorry the place smells like feet," she said. "Oh, I don't mind," I said, plopping down on a chair. She relaxed and brightened. Actually the smell turned me on a little: it evoked an olfactory memory of the girls' lockerroom in junior high.

    "Olfactory" often makes me think of "Olds factory." New Oldsmobiles trundling off the assembly line.

    1. (Ye) Ol(de Spaghetti) Factory

      Why did her apartment smell like feet?!

      The word "sockdolager" comes to mind.

  4. I don't know why her apt. smelled like feet! I saw no incriminating footwear strewn about, and she was a cleanly woman in general. Maybe she was a soc dowager.

  5. Funny. Elisa, when you said "sockdolager" I also immediately thought "sock dowager." I got curious and Googled "sock dowager" )with the quote marks included), Google came up with seven items. Most of them appeared to relate to the confusion (intentional or otherwise) between "sockdolager" and "sock dowager."

    "Sock dowager" could be an old-fashioned term for Debutante of the Year -- offhand, I'm guessing anyone who qualifies has an ample supply of socks, and one or more well-heeled parents.