Tomorrow, I will Start Reading Proust.

Like many others, I have been living in a state of constant vigilance since early November of last year.

The world I knew and trusted has been turned on its head and shaken out sideways. Keeping a weather-eye on the news has become a way of life. The news keeps coming. It is a continual flow, disgorgement, spewing 24/7 and it is beyond my control. Since I can exert no control over the situation, its become my habit to check for the latest online every 15 minutes or so, just to be in on whatever is going down. I'm tired. It is making me ill and I cannot keep this up much longer. It is time to disengage; if not fully, then partially. I need to slow down as well.

This week I plan to check the news only at 6pm. Instead I'll work on my little projects, enjoy my garden, converse with people either in person or on the phone instead of texting. I will avoid political “shares” on Facebook, and listen to “Nightvale” instead of the BBC. While walking with the dogs, I'll skip the music and tune in to the world around me; I may even take photos with my Canon (not my phone). Since its easy to bike to the grocery store, I'll shop for dinner and cook new recipes every night. Instead of watching TV, I'll challenge all comers to a game of Scrabble or Gin. Tomorrow, I will start reading Proust.  

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 16, 2017 at 1:22pm

good reading!!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 16, 2017 at 1:53pm

There are some icons of  literature that I avoid.  Proust is among them.  Don't ask why for I'm working on instinct and have no reason in particular.

Comment by marilyn sands on July 16, 2017 at 2:36pm

Sounds like a Plan!

Comment by koshersalaami on July 16, 2017 at 3:37pm

I tried Proust once. I was college age. After a while, I just couldn't make myself care about his precious aristocracy. 

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 16, 2017 at 7:15pm

In Larry McMurtry's 'Duane's Depressed', his psychiatrist and love interest gives Duane the Texas Oil man the assignment to read Proust.  He had to use a dictionary and translate from French.  Then, he goes into it a bunch in the book.  I thought hmmmm...and then wouldn't you know it?  The very next day, that book all 3 of them in one volume for free, in the freeby bin at the used book store.  I scooped it up, thinking this was meant to be!  

I kept it in a pile by my reading table for a few months, and it's around here somewhere...dusty, and maybe one day, but I doubt it.  I did a google :-)


Veronica, I love your book cases!  That was a tr ig conversation starter.  A lot of people joined in, and let us peek in their living rooms and back patios... 

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 17, 2017 at 1:02am

As to the reaction to the events of last November, I checked out for a while.  I'm back to watching Morning Joe while I eat breakfast.  That is almost too depressing.  I feel like I should be doing something, but what?  I'm playing with clay again.

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 17, 2017 at 1:07am

This was the headline of an editorial in The Guardian.

“Why do people gush over Proust? I'd rather visit a demented relative”

Germaine Greer

That's sort of my sentiment, as well.

Comment by Veronica Corso on July 17, 2017 at 2:09am

What attracts me to Proust is the pace, the idea that the  reading  will somehow slow things down a bit. I heard "Swann's Way"  as a radio play and liked it, so here's hoping.

Comment by greenheron on July 17, 2017 at 3:27am

I have been reading like a banshee this year. It's been my form of alcohol. Currently am reading David Sedaris's new book Theft by Finding Vol. 1, which is his diary entries from 1977-2002. I'm on 2001 and don't want to finish, he makes me laugh on every page. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on July 17, 2017 at 4:58am

the historian, Shelby Foote, said that when he finished a book he relaxed by re-reading Remembrances of Things Past.  not sure I could relax that way.


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