Saturday, October 15, 2011
Jennifer Egan read Proust
Egan also mentioned that Proust's thoughts about time influenced her Pulitzer Prize novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad.
The Festival enjoyed glorious if windy fall weather, but not yesterday's pounding rain. Copley Square teemed with readers, writers, publishers and all those who are part of the business of writing and books. Unfortunately, there was only one food vendor, and man does not lived by grilled cheese alone. Last time I went by, there must have been two hundred people in line. The sparrows in the park were out in force to scrounge for treats, as were the pigeons. The way the pigeons wheeled around and took flight reminded me of the pigeons swooping around the Parador in Carmona. Spain had many doves, too, and swallows and some handsome magpies which I haven't seen for years. Pigeons seem to have a collective flock instinct that I find interesting.
The suburban trains in both directions were crowded, unusual for a Saturday. Nothing like the little train that took the dinner guests to the Verdurins. Pigeons may exhibit the same behavior, but trains schlepping folks into Boston have nothing in common with the Verdurin's little band.
I will be reading Proust again hoping to get through Sodom and Gommorah before winter cometh.
Have you ever had "a visit from the goon squad?"
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