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Marcel Proust

20 Top Picks

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

I found 2013 to be a great year for discovery and experience in the arts, from theatre and music to television, film, and books. I have compiled a top 20 list of my favorites, with the hope that they might resonate with readers.

Theater: Cloudy Little Miss Sunshine; Digestive Proust

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A curious project falls flat. Sometimes, you hear about a book or movie being turned into a musical and think, of course! Other times you think, really?

Art Versus Life for the Heavyweight Title of the World

Francis Levy | Posted 12.10.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

In an essay entitled "Examined Lives," (The American Scholar, Autumn 2013) the prominent biographer Phyllis Rose makes the following statement: "The ...

You Can't Have a Proustian Fruit Moment With a Grape Gummy

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Heritage Radio Network

Our communal fear of real, actual fruit and gravitation towards safe, sanitized, foodiness "fruit" is really just an expression of our general obsession with safety across the board.

How 16 Incredible Women Define 'Perfect Happiness'

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.26.2013 | Women

Since its inception, the Proust Questionnaire -- an unscientific but nonetheless illuminating personality test created in the salons of nineteenth-cen...

David Shields: In His Own Sampled Words

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

"Then the excitement for me in really brilliantly done bricolage...is that the pieces come together as intellectual and emotional investigating. The shards have not only speed and magic, but they have momentum qua excavation."

Hotels Where The Stars Live

trivago | Posted 06.19.2013 | Travel
trivago

A stay in any of these historical hotels is a fantasy in itself, but living in one -- surely a luxury reserved for the VIPs of the world. The hotel se...

A Short Post About Long Books

Dave Astor | Posted 06.11.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

A massive novel can be a difficult experience for people who don't find it ultra-compelling. Another drawback of a doorstop book is that the many days one spends on it could instead be used to read several shorter yet still excellent novels.

Marcel Proust's Guide to Infinity

John Hennessy | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
John Hennessy

The fact of Proust's poems will be news to many, the number and quality of them yet another surprise. Astonishing to virtually all of us, though, comes the revelation that Proust spent much of his life trying to decide whether he was a poet or a prose writer.

The Truth About Proust's Madeleine

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 02.27.2013 | Taste

The synopsis we have in our minds is all wrong.

8 Contemporary Books Marcel Proust Would Love

Anka Muhlstein | Posted 02.02.2013 | Books
Anka Muhlstein

Proust considered that describing what one sees in nature is the ultimate sign of a great artist. His asthma attacks did not allow him the joy of the outdoors. Janet Malcolm's Burdock, and its scrutiny of the 28 photographs of uncelebrated leaves, would have been a huge comfort to him.

16 Flavors That'll Convince You To Make Madeleines

Posted 09.10.2012 | Taste

At first glance, a madeleine is a scallop-shaped puff of a cookie, the kind of confection one can imagine eating in Paris. But really, they can be enj...

Beyond the White Cube, Paris Part II: Laurent Grasso's Strange and Wonderful World

Yasmine Mohseni | Posted 09.04.2012 | Arts
Yasmine Mohseni

As you wind your way through a labyrinth of dark hallways, works of art pop up into your peripheral vision, neon sculptures punctuate the space and haunting voices narrate enigmatic short films revealing strange stone monsters and anxious views from a stone fort. Welcome to Laurent Grasso's bizarre and wonderful universe.

An Artist's Guide To Personal Fulfillment

Theresa Berenato | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Theresa Berenato

We have been making and marking for 35,000 years. As a designer, using my hands to make, cut, rearrange, overlay, glue, paint, chip, draw, and sketch is a personally fulfilling process.

Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Vase-ectomies

Frank Browning | Posted 04.07.2012 | Arts
Frank Browning

Masturbation is seldom far from the chatter that bubbles up among devotees and scholars of Marcel Proust. This week in Paris another conclave of hyper-Proustians is gathering sponsored by the very crusty INHA, or the French National Institute on the History of Art and their German analogues based in Berlin.

Icon of the Day: In Search of Lost Time With Salon Tea

Alona Elkayam | Posted 03.28.2012 | Style
Alona Elkayam

While Woody focuses on the idea that every generation thinks the previous generation was simpler, Ms. Stern focuses on something less debatable: Lost time. All Ms. Stern wants is for us to put our iPhones down.

What Joan Rivers and Marcel Proust Doodled on Their Mail

Elana Estrin | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
Elana Estrin

Correspondence can speak volumes about the letter-writer. From idiosyncratic letterheads to sketches, stamps, cartoons and multiple-choice form letters, what do a letter's illustrations reveal?

The Art of Not Finishing a Famous Book

Dave Astor | Posted 10.12.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

I realize that continuing to slog through a novel that says "stop reading me" after 100 pages may pay dividends when I reach the end of the book. Dense can turn into sophisticated, confusing into illuminating.

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

Library Marriage Proposal

GalleyCat | Jason Boog on August 2, 2011 2:57 PM | Posted 10.02.2011 | Books

To match our romantic bookstore marriage proposal story from last week, reader Stephanie Campisi sent us the story of library marriage proposal....

EXCLUSIVE Meg Wolitzer's Literary Adventures In Bed: 10 That Don't Include A Good Night's Sleep (PHOTOS)

Meg Wolitzer | Posted 06.06.2011 | Books
Meg Wolitzer

Here are ten other beds that don't include a good night's sleep.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

Nobel Prize Snubs In Literature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace and literature with a medal, personal diploma, cas...

Twain, Salinger, Kafka ...

guardian.co.uk | Nicholas Royle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Their writings help us see in different and remarkable ways the extent to which literature and telephones are in cahoots. When the phone starts ringin...

Meatless Monday: Remembrance of Things Past? Saving Vanishing Regional Food

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Proust evoked a flood of memories in Remembrance of Things Past by tasting a scallop-shaped cake dipped in tea. We might have to go the same way, savoring the local foods we love before they're lost to us forever.