By David Ponce
Stringing words together in intelligible sentences is an art that goes way back. But for almost as long as it’s been around, the preferred medium for this has been paper; caves are not so easily transported. But as the years tick past the new millennium, a new publishing landscape is emerging that will almost surely relegate dead tree books to museums and rare object collections. Case in point is the emergent trend of eBooks. Boy are they popular! But the sentimentalists hate them. Maybe they can be mollified with the above Paper Passion fragrance by Geza Schoen and Gerhard Steidl. Yes, it’s an actual fragrance that is supposed to smell like “a freshly printed book”, and it comes packaged in a hollowed-out book of its own. You could buy it and sprinkle it liberally on your Nook, or your Kindle or even your iPad, and revel in one of the languishing vestiges of a world that 20 years from now will seem as silly as cassette tapes seem to us today.