In S1E11, Lorelai picks up Max’s copy of “Swann’s Way” by Proust. She tells Max that she’s always wanted to read Proust. She explains, “Every now and then, I’m seized with an overwhelming urge to say something like, ‘As Marcel Proust would say…’ but of course I have no idea what Marcel Proust would say so I don’t even go there. I could do, ‘As Michael Crichton would say’ but it’s not exactly the same, you know?”
Marcel Proust was a French author during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is considered one of the greatest authors of all time. “Swann’s Way” is the first of Proust’s 7 part novel entitled “In Search of Lost Time.” The story is written in first person and describes the narrator’s life and introduction to French society and art.
Michael Crichton was an author of sci-fi and thriller novels in the late twentieth century. He is known for writing “Jurassic Park,” “Congo,” and “The Lost World.” He passed away in 2008, several years after this episode of Gilmore Girls aired.