Can We Smell with Our Hearts?
Popular Science, April 2013
How long do I have to go without talking
before you stop listening?
I post personal ads on telephone poles:
Blue Belgian Bearded D’Anvers Cockerel
seeks life partner, height-weight-proportional please.
I have never felt so human. I have never felt
so dangerous. It turns out robots already
work side by side with us in rescue situations,
which of course is always
because when do we not need rescuing?
I imagine myself as a particular blood cell
with a specific role to play —
without olfactory information
I would swim in circles.
Suppose you had gone to Mississippi
for no particular reason: how long
before I thought to look in Hattiesburg?
How lonely I must appear.about the author