The Proust Book Club Archives - The Millions
March 3, 2017
Literary characters are like long distance friends. Your perception of them is brief, but intense.
November 8, 2016
As you might well expect from an invalid, Proust brings a wealth of personal experience to the subject of sleep.
August 31, 2016
In real life, it would be hazardous to take on another person’s point of view so completely, but in reading, you can be reckless.
July 7, 2016
Cunningham often said he was looking for beauty, and he believed that it could be found anywhere. Like the great novelists, he taught us how to see other people, and the world.
June 2, 2016
It wasn’t until midway through lunch on the second day, while nursing a bit of a hangover, that I realized that my vision was compromised.
April 7, 2016
Anything is tasty when you haven’t had dairy, gluten, refined sugar, corn, potatoes, processed foods, or alcohol for several weeks.
March 14, 2016
Marcel’s questions about Swann’s life and his love affairs are essential questions of childhood: what is love, what is sexual desire, what is society, what is class, what, in short, are these mysterious forces that are shaping life but which no one alludes to directly?
February 9, 2016
Proust was 38 years old and in poor health when he started writing. He knew he did not have any time left to waste. He believed — as it turned out, accurately — that he was writing on deadline.