Posted on February 17, 2022 at 10:31 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It's not unusual for people to have memory associations with smells or sounds.

But what is unusual is when people have strong but seemingly unrelated sensory associations with just the sound of a word.

Take a sixty-year-old man named James, for example.

As a child, he could taste the names of London Tube stops strongly — Tottenham Court Road, for example, brought a vivid taste of sausage, fried eggs, and toast to his mouth.

James, unfortunately, grew up before synesthesia was identified and understood, so his doctors described him as having a vivid imagination.

But synesthesia is a very real experience, one that author Guy Leschziner explores in the upcoming book The Man Who Tasted Words.

You can read an excerpt from The Man Who Tasted Words at Literary Hub.

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