Every now and then I see Marcel Proust mentioned or referenced somewhere and I post them here as sightings. Sometimes the connections are uncommon or a little hard to see, as in this naming of an “antioxidant skin-care product” called Combray. Maybe someone can get back to me on why a product made of grapeseed oil would be named Combray?
Anyhow, other sightings are much more common or, shall we say, the connections are easy to make. These sightings usually involve madeleines, as in this post by my favorite ex-pat food blogger David Liebowitz. Not only does he seem to be a great cook, he’s a great read as well. And he lives in Paris…sigh. Here’s the link: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2009/08/mad_about_the_madeleines.html
And here’s a challenge: Go read David’s post and find his Proust reference. Then come back here and tell us about it in a comment. Your prize will be a (used) copy of Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi. What’s this book’s connection with Proust? It takes place where and when Marcel lived and worked. No, not Combray. That’s an antioxidant skin-care product.