The photo shows my Proust – no longer captive in the three monster volumes as published. Because I do not enjoy holding these monsters, I cut them up into manageable, portable chunks or “bookies”. (“What, you cut up your Proust?!) I reinforce each bookie with a durable cover to which I may affix pictures, clippings or whatever seems right. Not only are they easier to hold and to read in bed, but you can take one with you. You never know when you’ll be trapped in a line at the bank or worse – the subway. Sure, there’s Kindle … but the frisson of a bookie vs the frisson of Kindle are not in the same league. War and Peace received the same treatment.
Proust – Table of Contents
A Note on the Translation that I Use
Introduction – My Decipherings of Proust
The Bookends of The Search Contain A Secret
Descartes and the Joyous Madeleine
The Joy of Proust – The Riddle of Happiness
Smelling Tante Léonie’s Bedspread
Scatology I – The Cambremer Debate
Scatology II – The precious essence of asparagus
The Buds in the Grove
The Cloven Hoof of Dr. Percepied
Odette at Fashion Institute of New York
The Inquisition of Swann
Where do they live after marriage?
The Compass and the Scale
Lesbian Drama – but who is the audience?
New Year’s Day of Old Men
An Airplane – Why Tears, Why Moved?
Shutters of Gold
O Sole Mio – Making up His Mind
What is This Thing Called Reality?
My Way of Re-reading Proust
Riding Aristotle at Saint-André-des-Champs
Music, Memory and the Impermanence of Love
The Case, the Salon, the Invert, the Intellectual
Seduction of the waiter