From "II Creation." Turin can nail any
odor descriptively in a few words. He's generally
not only exactly spot on, he gets incredible torque from the most
recherché nouns. (He uses adjectives rarely to never.) He
screws off a cap, pushes over a molecule, and you look at the label:
"cis-3-hexenol." "Cut grass," says Turin, watching
you. Two words, definitive. You sniff.....
From "II Creation" Writing the Perfume
Guide, Falling into the Smell Mystery. Turin's
friends finally ordered him to write what became the bestselling
perfume guide in France, a country obsessed by perfume (the French
economy's top wealth generators are armaments, then aerospace, then
perfume). It was the guide that led him into the secret world of
perfume creation, the industrial molecular factories, and there,
utterly unexpectedly, he suddenly perceived the dark hole at the
center of this world: No one understands how we smell...
From "III Writing" Luca Turin's Creative
Life. "He had to find smells now, match
them to molecules, match molecules to vibrations, and he began mixing
chemicals, whipping up electron vibrations, like as mad cook. He
was running into Jane Brock's lab, down the hall into Tim Arnett's
office, tracking down Martin Rosendaal and hunting Tibor Krenacs
armed with smells, dragging molecules around and shoving things
under their noses several times a day, ordering "Smell this!"