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Louis C.K. Isn't Updating Seinfeld; He's Updating Proust

Here's a quote from Marcel Proust, from around 1907. I came across it while reading Alain de Botton's, “How Proust Can Change Your Life”:

[The telephone is] a supernatural instrument before whose miracle we used to stand amazed, and which we now employ without giving it a thought, to summon our tailor or to order an ice cream. ...

Since we are children who play with divine forces without shuddering before their mystery, we only find the telephone 'convenient', or rather, as we are spoilt children, we find that 'it isn't convenient', and we fill Le Figaro with our complaints.

Here's Louis C.K.'s update 101 years later. Apologies that the audio is slightly out of sync with the video:

UPDATE: a portrait of the artist as a stand-up comedian.

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Posted at 04:53 PM on Mon. Jul 09, 2012 in category Quote of the Day  
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