‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam, and say “moist,” everybody!

December 05, 2019

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“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam and a very moist cake.

“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam and a very moist cake.

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Studio 360, courtesy of Tanwi Nandini Islam and Chocolate Cake by Sarah/CC BY 2.0

Our latest American Icons feature explores Patricia Highsmith’s series that began with “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and how Tom Ripley fits into an American tradition of protagonists struggling with identity and morality. Kurt Andersen visits perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam as she concocts a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.” And a favorite from our Guilty Pleasures series: Writer Sadie Stein on the word that so many find icky but that she really likes: “moist.”

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