If you’re a writer you need to read, and if you’re struggling with our new normal; Proust may prove critical.

Not that you need to read all of “In Search of Lost Time”, I have tried many times but can’t seem to finish, I’ve only completed the first two volumes. Thankfully, there is time. And Proust is much ado about time and memory. Perceptions and passions, those privileged moments, these little epiphanies… so I find I only need to read a few paragraphs at a time, it proves critical for me, and could for you too.

It helps me work those memory muscles, and if you feel the need to remember the good times, if only because there aren’t as many as before; it’s a wonderful exercise. Celebrating a good moment, those slices of life that fed you deeply and completely.

Alain de Botton’s ‘How Proust can change your life’, comes to mind, and the book’s blurb, “Proust’s ability to understand that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts”…as relevant today as ever….its all about perspective.

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