Did Mark Budman lnvent Smell-o-vision?

Mark Budman is the founder and co-editor of Vestal Review.  He’s also a former IBM engineer.  Check out his patent for aroma sensory stimulation in multimedia.Born in the Soviet Union, Budman is currently working on a novel about Lenin running for president of the United States.

You other Pushcart nominees are starting to look like slackers.

I wonder if there’s a connection between Budman’s scientific and literary pursuits, and if that connection is, as I suspect, about the visceral, emotive triggers of sense and memory.  Smell evokes, and so does flash fiction.  It’s a brain and gut thing.

And is it just me, or is the official website of the US Patent Office just a little sketchy?  Better than Warren Buffet’s?  I dread the day some BH successor decides it’s time for a proper site.  My favorite part is the text that says “Official Home Page” as in, “no, really, we’re not kidding.  Warren’s really, really cheap.”

 

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