Monday, November 18, 2013

Yale University Reads Proust

Yale reads Proust.  Aloud and in many languages.  Even Proust couldn't have imagined that.  I would have loved to be there but always find out about these events after the fact. 

Lots of celebratory activities going on.  Here's the story. Marathon Proust Celebration

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chicago Celebrates Proust

Practically everyone who is anyone in the literary world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way, probably the most accessible volume in the Proust pantheon.  Read about it here: 

In Chicago Aleksandar Hemon celebrates Proust  Aleksandar Hemon offers his history of reading Proust.   We are so glad that people read Proust rather than just celebrating him. 

Happy Anniversary, Marcel

Lots of brouhaha about Proust's100th  anniversary of the publication of his great novel.  Proust in the Wall Street Journal

The university of Alabama is also celebrating Proust:  University of Alabama to celebrate Proust's Centennial Work

And lastly, a Duke professor analyzes Proust.  Analyzing Proust

I hope some people are actually READING Proust rather than just talking about him. 

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Remembering Proust and His Literary Masterpiece

Just to keep you 100% informed on all things Proust this month, Highbrow Magazine has a Proust article.  Don't you just love that name?  Wonder if there has ever been a Lowbrow Magazine.  Well, how about People and all the celebrity dreck that graces the supermarket checkout line. Bizarre magazines and faux news only a lowbrow could read or love or even write.  You will never see Proust on the cover of any of those scandal sheets.

Take a gander at this:  Remembering Proust and His Literary Masterpiece

Here is a photo of my Proust bookshelf.  Volume II of the novel is on my nightstand where I have been stalled with Albertine for an awfully long time, alas.

I am neither a scholar nor a literary writer,  but I do have a thing for Proust.

The Proust Trifecta: Proust and the Cultural Imagination

Yet more interesting Proust news.  Is there something in the air?  Lake Forest College in the tony Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois is hosting a Proust event.  If you're in the are next week and feel like partaking of Proust in academia, here is he information: Lake Forest College to Celebrate Proust 

Mark October 16th on your calendar.


The Sonambulist

After a long dry spell, I've come across a bit of Proust news.  The Sonambulist

From the Toronto Globe and Mail:

The final project that husband-and-wife artistic team Deborah Moss and Edward Lam collaborated on before Lam’s death earlier this year will be on display in Toronto this weekend at Nuit Blanche, the annual all-night arts festival.
The Somnambulist is made of large acrylic panels that feature passages from Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, both of which express feelings about the night, with each letter set in Swarovski crystals.

Doesn't this sound intriguing?  Hemingway and Proust, a duo that doesn't immediately connote a partnership or indeed any relationship.

Read to the bottom of the article for how the pair chose the authors and what they visitors would react.

The all -night festival Nuit Blanche is held in many cities across the globe. 

A Quantum City

A great Proust post, quoting the master himself.  We should read Proust, really, not read about him, and here is a blogger who lets us do just that.

Quantum City

Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday, Marcel

Alas!  I missed Proust's birthday. Too frantically busy trying to get my novel formatted, final proofs, final spell check, final edits, and some PR.  Crazy time. Heat wave, too.  

Found a good birthday post which I'm passing on to you. 

The Proust news of late has been ho-hum. Waiting for something rip-roaring to happen, although Proust and rip-roaring are not usually juxtaposed together.  

I'm still working my way through the Albertine book. One of thse days. In the meantime, I read other stuff, some good, some just O.K.  Do pick up the novel, HEFT.  It was really good. You'll like it. 

In the meantime, here's Proust: The Greatest Novelist of the 20th Century: Marcel Proust

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The New York Times blog had a great post on the 100th anniversary of the pub date of Swann's Way.

Happy Anniversary Marcel!  NY Times Proust Blog

This is a wonderful blog with great, great comments.  The perfect posts for Proustians.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Proust as editor

If the editing of a long manuscript puts you off, think of Proust with ALL THOSE PAGES  not just to write but to edit.  Must have been so daunting.  Especially daunting if unwell.  If trying to finish before he died.  The Atlantic has an article about Proust as editor.  Hard to believe he could do this.      All I can say is "Wow!"

Proust editing Proust

Happy Easter to everyone.  We're having fare from the 2003 Bon Appetit:  Ham with a glaze of mustard and red currant jelly and a rhubarb chutney. Medley of white and green asparagus.   Whipped cauliflower.  Slice avocado on mixed greens.  Fresh sliced pineapple for dessert.  Sounds good, doesn't it?  No Proustian pineapple salad.

Baked Ham-with-Mustard-Red-Currant-Glaze-and-Rhubarb-Chutney

Baked Ham with  Rhubard Chutney from 2003 Bon Appetit

The other Odette 

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Banner Day for Proust Fans

Today's New York Times (2/15/13) has an article on the just-opening exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, "Marcel Proust and 'Swann's Way'" 100th Anniversary.  Here is the link: Marcel Proust and 'Swann's Way' at the Morgan.

The exhibit lasts until April 23, and I'll arrange to travel from Foxborough to the Big Apple and report back.  One of the problems appears to be that rien  (nothing) is translated into English.  My French is beaucoup rusty to say the least. 

Here is the link to the Times' review:  Proust, For Those With A Memory

In searching for the online review, I found a wonderful bibliography of all the Times articles on Proust, and particularly one that I had once read and forgotten. Today's bonus link:
Proust essay by Edmund White

Months with little Proust news and then voila!  There is bound to be a lot of hoo-ha over the 100th anniversary, and we shall be in the thick of things.

Happy celebrations. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Finally, another interesting Proust Blog

Jacqueline Rose on Marcel Proust

This Jacqueline Rose blog has some interesting food for thought.  Of the more provocative:  Proust's novel is a "feminist Gothic horror story. "  I don't actually know what this means apropos Proust, but I'll think about it.  The other perhaps revolutionary thought is that "the 'intermittencies of the heart' section of Volume Four: Sodom and Gomorrah is the greatest ever piece of writing on grief."  I am still reading the Sodom and Gomorrah section of Proust, stuck there, is possibly a better description.  Will try to find the passage.  I believe Proust has a big anniversary this year with Swann's Way, but I have to look this up, too.

Here in Foxborough, we just came through the mother of all storms with 27 inches of snow and huge drifts and all public and private transportation shut down for a day.  Lots of citizens still without power in the cold and tonight, rain is predicted to add insult to injury.

The weather was always nice in Proust's Normandy, wasn't it?  I don't even recall too much rain in Combray or Paris, but there must have been some.  It is society that is turbulent, not the weather.  

I'm still reading the work, M. Proust's Library. Alas, there has been reading and writing to do that has nothing to do with Proust as well as writing and rewriting.  I produced a short story that has been submitted to an anthology.  No idea if they'll accept it, but it was a novella that I had to smash down into a short story, never a fun process.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed writing it, although it consumed November, December and January, which is difficult when one has holidays and house guests.  No wonder Proust has been consigned to my nightstand stack of books.

Follow this just discovered link to interviews with people who actually knew Proust. BBC program of Proust topics


Before the snow really came down.  Now one cannot see out the window for the drifts.
Odette, the other one

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Where Have All the Good Proust Blogs Gone

Inquiring minds want to know.  Reader, do you have any thoughts about this?