Books I Love: Yesterday’s Perfume


The latest installment “Books I Love.” The concept is very simple. Find a book in my collection, photograph it, then share it with you. The idea being to share what I love about the book or why I have it. The books will range from traditionally published, POD and handmade. The only stipulation is that I love the book. Most of them have a backstory, which I will also share. Books and photography are forever linked, so why not explore the relationship through my bookshelf. Hope you enjoy.

In addition to being an epic traveler, writer and composer, Paul Bowles was an influential superstar when it came to the creative world. “Yesterday’s Perfume”, described as “a memoir of friendship” is the blending of lives, loves and relationships through the narrow streets of Tangier. Brought to us by Cherie Nutting, friend of Bowles, who not only weaves the story but also provides us with a variety of stunning imagery.

The book was designed by my friend and uber designer Elizabeth Avedon.

10 responses to “Books I Love: Yesterday’s Perfume”

  1. LionelB says:

    Something which marks Bowles out is that while the freedom to express his gay lifestyle was what attracted him to Tangier in the first place, he remained there long after its heyday as a libertarian melting pot, until the end of his life. Orton, Tennessee Williams, Vidal and Beaton only passed through. He must have seen the idea of a return to the USA as an almost unimaginable cultural wrench. Very much at home where he was but at the same time living always with an eye to the past. Perhaps his travels were directed towards finding a fresh Nirvana somewhere.

  2. Mei-Chun J says:

    “Yesterday’s Perfume” – love the title…so perfect for this beautiful book.

  3. Paul J says:

    I really love this series of posts and discovering books that I never knew about. Many thanks for making us aware of these. I’m going to read up about Paul Bowles.

    I’m going to own up, I cheated a little and already looked at that pile of books to see what other goodies you will hopefully post about in the future. 🙂 I can’t read *all* the titles but found the last one. Wow, another good one!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    “Things gone and things still here”
    There is a beautiful quote hidden on the back of the hardback cover under the paper-wrap.

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