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I’ll be your mirror

March 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

“The men who produce works of genius are not those who live in the most delicate atmosphere, whose conversation is the most brilliant or their culture the most extensive, but those who have had the power, ceasing suddenly to live only for themselves, to transform their personality into a sort of mirror, in such a way that their life, however mediocre it may be socially and even, in a sense, intellectually, is reflected by it, genius consisting in reflecting power and not in the intrinsic quality of the scene reflected.” – Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove (trans. Moncrieff and Kilmartin)

Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Averil Dean // Mar 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Social and intellectual mediocrity? I must be a genius!

  • 2 Tetman Callis // Mar 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Proust made a casual connection here, not a necessary one. As for you, sweet Averil, your writing can be brilliant and the social skills you display through your blog are first-rate.

  • 3 Averil Dean // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The daily prompt has revitalized me. I’m finding it hard not to answer back in comments, though, as I usually do. The daily post is a way for me to step back a bit and stop inserting myself into every conversation, and is in keeping with a more rigorous writing schedule. However I love to read the responses, and look forward to yours especially—same as it ever was.

    XO

  • 4 admin // Mar 26, 2014 at 4:51 am

    As you may have noticed, hardly anyone comments here. It’s likely that’s because, in part, I don’t actively try to engage people in a conversation on this site — though I always welcome one when it occurs. These past few months, I’ve taken to duplicating my blog’s daily post on my Facebook wall (it it called a wall? I can never remember), where there is likewise not much in conversational feedback.

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