What does Proust have to do with brain science? Plenty, say two books.
Proust and the Squid:
The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
by Maryanne Wolf
$25.95 List Price
In a mesmerizing film clip from 1975, the British anatomist John Zachary Young dissects a squid just smaller than his forearm. (The clip can be seen online at http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/NeuroSci/courses/bio330/squid.html.) Young wields a pair of shears with considerable brio as he cuts open the mantle cavity and uncovers the nerves that radiate, starlike, beneath the skin. Some forty years earlier, shortly