Tiffany Tsao • 11 March 2022
This issue of The Circular is organised around the five senses, as traditionally defined: touch, taste, hearing, sight, and smell. We’ve chosen a non-fiction piece representative of each sense. But we’ve also selected works that broaden perceptions of sensory perception – that deviate from what one might expect of an essay on music, on vision, on delicious food.
Jessica White addresses 'the erroneous assumption that deafness means zero hearing...Many of us can hear sound and most of us can feel it.' Verity Borthwick’s essay lays bare just how little of the universe the human eye actually perceives. Many culinary essays are paeans to food and cooking. MJ Bakewell recounts instead how the daily grind of work left her too drained to develop a taste for either.
Hassan Kalam Abul’s exploration of memory and its mediation requires you to reach out and touch someone...with the help of your keyboard. Ben O’Mara shares his wealth of research into the fragrant and pungent world of smells.
A heartfelt thank you to Kill Your Darlings for granting open access to White’s and Bakewell’s essays! They'll be free to read for the next two weeks.
One last note before we let you dive in: our search for (paid) guest editors is ongoing and will remain so through 1 April. For the full details, please head to our website. And spread the word!