Sunday, April 22, 2007

Clive James likes Proust

Recently I paraphrased Clive James in my "other" blog, and now I find out that he likes not just Henry James, but you know who. From the New York Post Online edition.


April 22, 2007 -- CLIVE James' "Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories From History and the Arts" (Norton, $35) is a fascinating and endlessly re-readable collection of biographical essays that range from Charlie Chaplin to Margaret Thatcher. Often, a subject is merely a jumping-off place - an essay on Rilke becomes a meditation on artists' political convictions. Elsewhere, his passion for Proust leads the reader to re-explore the French intellectual's work. Like the very best books, the author's well-considered passions help ignite our own.

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