The Body as Art: The Jewelled Saint (Scent the Scene)

In this series, we examine aspects of death and bereavement through art, olfaction, and imaginative thinking. Feel free to follow along at home and leave your take on this scented death meditation below.  This Week’s Muse This month we are going to be examining human remains used in artistic pieces. Some of these works serve…

Ephemera Guide: Witches, Britches, & Bad Bitches

The keystone of a decade and a half of my life was ballet. I was entirely devoted, and I still have the dancer’s feet to prove said devotion.Being a muscular country kid, and on the short side, I didn’t fit the lead roles occupied by the Primas. Instead, as a plucky Sujet Danseur, I played…

The Lost History of Women in Chemistry: The First Alchemist

This is the second post in DS&LG’s Women’s History Month series, The Lost History of Women in Chemistry, to see Part I: The First Perfumer click here In the Indie perfume universe, the word alchemy pops up a lot. It graces the title of several popular companies. It also tends to be the word we…

Ephemera Guide: Maidens, Princesses, and Books

Hello, dearies, the next instalment of the Lost History of Women in Science will be coming out tomorrow. See Part I here. Until then, I wanted to hold you over with some book and blog suggestions to keep you occupied in the meantime. In the spirit of this month’s theme, they are focused on science,…

The Lost History of Women in Chemistry:The First Perfumer

Today is International Women’s Day, and all of March is Women’s History Month in the US, so I thought it would be a splendid time to talk about the lost history of women in the sciences, specifically in chemistry and perfume. Perhaps lost isn’t the right word. We didn’t lose most of these incredible women,…

Farewell Eco

On February 19th, the world lost a brilliant mind and soul, perhaps the last true Renaissance man. Umberto Eco has been like a literary godfather to me over the years. It was The Name of the Rose that made me learn Latin in grade school. His work on semiotics opened me to a new way…

Recommended Reading: Heavenly Bodies

If you are in the market for a coffee table book that will certainly get people talking, I can not recommend enough Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs by Paul Koudounaris. This photo-heavy book explores the surviving examples of Catacomb Saints. What’s a Catacomb Saint you say?