The strange celebrity of a pimple-popper, the history of perfume and the problems faced when doing the humane thing – all in this week’s Long Reads.
Is rescuing an animal from a pet shelter better than humanely euthanising it? In order to answer this question, writer Sabine Heinlein draws from her experience rescuing a cat, detailing its persistent issues, troubles and pain. Sabine uses this example to explore the psychological reasoning behind people wanting to rescue and protect an animal versus the realities they face.
Not the best article to read over breakfast, so apologies. This article focuses on a weird corner of the internet where people watch the bizarre, fetish-style videos of a dermatologist pop spots and blackheads. It’s just so strange reading the descriptors by the popper, Dr. Sandra Lee: “You had a big one there just now!” “That one was worth all of it.”
Ugh! This toast looks revolting now.
A history of smell and our attempts to cover it. We travel as far back as the ancient Egyptians, through the Roman period and right past the France of Louis XVI. There are genuinely insightful observations and interesting tidbits in the article, for example this quote from the book Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell by Jonathan Reinarz:
“From the moment people start to trade internationally, migrate, and cross borders, you encounter references to foreign scents. Travel literature is saturated with references to smell. You can imagine in every new market that people entered in Africa or Europe or Asia, they’d smell something they didn’t recognize, but were nevertheless still quick to judge.”