Happy New Year!


They say that we live in the present, but here's some food for thought, from Alexandra Horowitz's book, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. Particularly apt for the transition that comes with a New Year, if you ask me.

Smell tells timeThe past is represented by smells that have weakened, or deteriorated, or been covered. Odors are less strong over time, so strength indicates newness; weakness, age. The future is smelled on the breeze that brings air from the place you’re headed. By contrast, we visual creatures seem to look mostly in the present. The dogs’ olfactory window of what is ‘present’ is larger than our visual one, including not just the scene currently happening, but also a snatch of the just-happened and the up-ahead. The present has a shadow of the past and a ring of the future in it.

Book links below:

Inside of a Dog (Barnes & Noble)

Inside of a Dog (Amazon)

Next on my reading list:

Her new book, On Looking, Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes


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