Urban Kvetch: Madeleine

Would everybody please shut up about Marcel Proust’s madeleine? Honestly, you’d think his entire kaleidoscopic epic was about baked goods. The cookie passage takes up less than one page of the seven-volume series. If, after a few thousand pages of piercing insights wrapped in sinuous prose, all you take home from In Search of Lost Time is a cookie, then you’ve got some problems. You probably thought Paradise Lost was about fresh fruit.

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