Metropolis Magazine Article Features AFTERTASTE 2013: The Atmosphere of Objects


Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief of Metropolis Magazine, used her Editor’s Notes (April 2013 issue) to tell about the 2013 Aftertaste Symposium’s focus on our relationship to objects. The symposium, subtitled “The Atmosphere of Objects” explored many ways that everyday things influence the way we live.

Writer Akiko Busch read a few of Pablo Neruda’s odes to the physical world during her presentation on the opening night of the symposium. She then asked each audience member to write his or her own ode to an object they hold dear. Aftertaste guests praised a wide variety of everyday objects, including a button, a pencil, and a bread knife.

Ode to a Window


Ode to Metrocard


Pink ParasolTest Tube

“The language we use illuminates our universal pursuit of finding meaningful, personal connections with what surrounds us. Once you’ve written an ode about your favorite thing, can you accept a world of indifferent objects?”

Susan Szenasy

Click here to read the full “Emotional Ties” article in Metropolis Magazine and to read selected audience odes.

Click here to read an additional article about the Aftertaste Odes in Metropolis Magazine.

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