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