Ashbery, Proust, and seeing the world differently due to reading. 

I just read an interview with John Ashbery done by The Paris Review in 1983.  Like most of the interviews TPR does I enjoyed reading this one a lot.  

One of my favorite bits was when Ashbery is talking about his past, and how he read Proust when he was a young man at university.  Ashbery says that he was “shocked by” the reading.  Here’s what is said next: 

Being a philistine who’s never read Proust (time is difficult for me to manage… and my attention often wanders), Ashbery’s reply makes me very curious about Proust’s work in a way that nothing before has.  Maybe someday… 


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