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Fashion Book–Proust Was a Neuroscientist

2010 June 17

This month’s book club book is Proust Was a Neuroscientist, a book that blends art and science with 8 thought-provoking essays, each about a different innovator in literature, art, food, and music. The first essay, about Walt Whitman, asserts that the poet’s Leaves of Grass was groundbreaking in its central theory that our mind and our bodies are completely intertwined. Previously, it was accepted that the brain was the origin of not just our rational thoughts but our feelings as well–the body was simply a vessel. Whitman negated that completely with his assertion that our bodies are our souls. In the ensuing years, countless experiments have proven that our feelings come from our flesh.

I’ve only read a few of the essays so far, but I learn something new with every page. I chose to spotlight George Eliot in this week’s fashion book because even though I don’t really know how she dressed, I know that she was independent and strong and talented and wrote Middlemarch. In fact, legend has it that Eliot was famously ugly–and the fact that that didn’t stop her from achieving her goals in a man’s world is awe-inspiring.

George EliotYoox Jo No Fui suspenders

Adam heart-print silk blouse

Topshop chain floppy hat

Kara Ross gold-plated pocket watch necklace

Miu Miu St. Cocco Lux continental wallet

Seychelles Veronica heel

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  1. June 21, 2010

    George Eliot was a lady? Not like I’ve ever read anything of hers or anything, but why didn’t I know this? You just blew my mind.

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