The author of this book is Lydia Davis:
You may have heard the title story on This American Life (#88: Numbers), in which a man breaks down the cost of a vacation with a woman in terms of, well, return on investment… Anyway, the stories are good. You should read it. That isn’t my point right now.
The point is that I’m sort of intimidated but intrigued by Marcel Proust. Someday I just might read his seven-volume In Search of Lost Time, AKA Remembrance of Things Past. I just discovered that this very same Lydia Davis translated the first volume, Swann’s Way:
…which makes me way more likely to at least start it. After Infinite Jest (which I love, by the way).
Also: found this one at a thrift store the other day:
And speaking of Magritte (cover image), this is my favorite one these days: