Olfactory Years

Olfactory Overload

Kim Crowder | Polyphony | 13th June 2023

How it feels to have hyperosmia, a heightened sensitivity to smells, which can accompany autism. "Where the neurotypical nose and brain sniffs, moves on, and forgets, the neurodivergent nose can’t let go. An unpleasant smell intensifies, invading nasal cavities, permeating the mind, the brain, triggering an olfactory echo-chamber effect lasting long after the smell’s disappearance" (1,500 words)

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Snowden Ten Years Later

Bruce Schneier | On Security | 6th June 2023

In this essay written ten years ago for the New Yorker, but withheld until now for legal reasons, cyber-security expert Bruce Schneier tells how he helped Glenn Greenwald evaluate Edward Snowden's NSA documents for publication, and why he agreed to do so: "The odds are close to zero that Snowden is the first person to do this; he’s just the first person to make public that he did" (3,020 words)

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