Chandler Burr


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Chandler Burr is the New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent, The Emperor of Scent, and A Separate Creation. He has written for the Atlantic and the New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

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The Emperor of Scent: A Tru...

4.14 avg rating — 1,703 ratings — published 2002 — 20 editions
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The Perfect Scent: A Year I...

3.84 avg rating — 1,148 ratings — published 2008 — 11 editions
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You or Someone Like You

3.17 avg rating — 719 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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Separate Creation: The Sear...

3.72 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1996 — 7 editions
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Dior: The Perfumes

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Nursing Psychiatric Practice

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“Metaphor is the currency of knowledge. I have spent my life learning incredible amounts of disparate, disconnected, obscure, useless pieces of knowledge, and they have turned out to be, almost all of them, extremely useful.”
Chandler Burr, The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

“I'd said to them that when we read fiction, we pour our own paricular store of emotions - say, the sense of loss we feel for those disappeared from our lives - into the characters set before us. We take the few words with which the writer sketches these characters, the thing he said, the pain she felt, where they were, and our own emotional stockpile magically creates people. As the human eye fleshes out the pixilated image. Fictional characters are highly sophiticated Rorschach blots, and we, along with their author, are their authors. When you read a fictional character, you too are creating her.”
Chandler Burr, You or Someone Like You

“A book is like a person, and one's reaction to a person invariably has more to do with one's own personality and life experience than with the actual person herself.”
Chandler Burr, You or Someone Like You

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