The Senses

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The Senses

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What’s the best sense?

Most of us have the fundamental five, and all of us have some that are more abstract. But which do we love best? Julian Barnes, Julie Myerson, Andrew Solomon and four others take their pick


In the realm of the senses, two reign supreme. Sight and hearing are rich and beloved, opulently served by the cultural forms we have devised for them – art, music, dance, theatre, poetry. They float serenely above taste and smell, two lesser nobles forever scrapping over the dominion of food. Taste has the edge there, so smell has been granted a magical little duchy of its own, where it presides in isolate splendour, mooning over old memories. Four…

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