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This month, “Brow Beat” editor David Haglund, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon, and Slate cultural critic Meghan O’Rourke discuss Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. It’s the 100th anniversary of Proust’s masterpiece, and our critics dug into the first volume, Swann’s Way. They wrangle with the meaning of that famous madeleine and debate whether this famous meditation on memory is really all about desire. Also: Was Proust a terrible snob?
Next month we’ll talk about the gently absurdist stories of George Saunders. Read Saunders’ fascinating conversation with his editor, Andy Ward, in the Slate Book Review, then pick up Tenth of December and join us on June 7 for our discussion.
Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.