Why Old Books Smell Good“Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.”
- From Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s Perfumes: the guide
From the Green Apple Core blog (Green Apple Books).
You know you should go to bed when you end up writing scott fitzgerald instead of scott westerfeld