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On literary pretentiousness

I like to pretend I’m not pretentious about what I read. I like to say I treat my fantasy novels, my young adult fiction and my classics all the same.

But I don’t.

And people, I’ve been reading Proust.

For a long time, I avoided Proust because I felt he personified pretentiousness. What could be more self-indulgent than a seven-volume novel of more-or-less fictional remembrances of a dead French dude? What could be more ostentatious than telling all your friends you were reading him?

Maybe telling all of Juneau you were reading him.

And enjoying it.

Seventh and eighth grade students are applauded by Mayor Merrill Sanford and Deputy Mayor Mary Becker for their volunteer efforts in the community during a stop to the classes’ International Thanksgiving Feast at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School on Wednesday. Seventh-graders Leah Davenport, left, a...

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:11am

Take a breather from the retail madness and put your name in the hat for a free 60-minute stone massage. Rejuvenation Salon and Spa will hold a Black Friday event from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Clinton Drive in the Valley.

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:10am

Thanksgiving Day Today, Nov. 27 Friday, Nov. 28...

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:10am

Black Friday will start off with fancy dress and brunch at Lilette in the Valley for its Breakfast at Tiffany's event from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:10am

If you shop at Fred Meyer on Black Friday this year, you might see some new faces working as baggers at the end of the checkout counter.

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:09am

Imagine sitting down at the dinner table with your friends and family and sharing a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:09am

After months of preparation in their studios, kitchens and basements, Alaskan artists and vendors of all kinds will be offering the fruits of their creative labors to the public this weekend at the 32nd annual Alaska-Juneau Public Market and an accompanying Native Artist Market....

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:08am

Here at the Juneau Empire, we have a lot to be thankful for in 2014. Our circulation and staff have grown, which is thanks to all of you, our loyal readers and advertisers who play a huge part in making what we do possible each and every day.

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:08am

It is interesting to note that scientific research reveals that gratitude increases self-esteem, reduces social comparisons, improves mental health and helps you sleep more restfully. This is truly a case of more is better.

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:08am

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