Thursday, September 06, 2007

Proust, squids

I've got a piece I really enjoyed working on in the latest issue of Bookforum, a review of two new books that were in different ways peculiarly well-suited to my interests: Maryanne Wolf's Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain and Jonah Lehrer's Proust Was a Neuroscientist.


  1. What a great review. And Proust's caution you cited - "Proust himself warned against the hazards of the kind of reading that substitutes itself for “the personal life of the spirit” rather than waking us to that life, thereby turning truth into “a material thing, deposited between the leaves of books like honey ready-made by others.” - seems more relevant today, than ever before.

  2. Excellent, fascinating review!

    On a different note, is it actually the case that having the name "Proust" in the title is supposed to help sell books?