Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Proust Questionnaire

Where would you like to live?

Iceland, The Netherlands, Alaska, Norway, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

A mixture of solitude and social engagements, going to the opera, walking on the beach.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Atticus Finch, Hamlet.

Who are your favorite characters in history?

Ghengis Khan, Orson Welles, Gertrude Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander the Great.

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

Helen Thayer, Isabelle Allende, Prudence Mabhena, JK Rowling, women who refuse subjugation.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Medea, Antigone, Lysistrata.

Your favorite painter?

Caravaggio, Chagall.

Your favorite musician?

Tom Waits, Rachmaninoff, Cassandra Wilson.

The quality you most admire in a man?

Intelligence, sense of humor, accountability.

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Intelligence, bravery, confidence.

Your favorite virtue?

The ability to debate without succumbing to emotion.

Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one?

Faith, and unconditional respect for elders.

Your proudest achievement?

My realization that I can draw well.

Your favorite occupation?

Working with children.

Who would you have liked to be?

Giulietta Masina or Shirley MacLaine, the right combo of funny, adorable and sexy.

Your most marked characteristic?


What do you most value in your friends?

Kindness, loyalty, honesty.

What is your principal defect?

Dwelling on past grudges.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

Going blind, suffering from an incurable mental illness, losing loved ones.

What would you like to be?

An astronaut and a filmmaker with the best film equipment and space traveling technology.

What is your favorite color?

Red, green, orange.

What is your favorite flower?

Roses, tulips.

What is your favorite bird?

The owl.

What word or expression do you most overuse?

Okay, like, really, very, weird, creepy, yeah.

Who are your favorite poets?

Wilfred Owen, Shakespeare.

What are your favorite names?

Daphne, Saffron, Winfield.

What is it you most dislike?

Greed, arrogance, stupidity.

Which historical figures do you most despise?

Ayatollah Khomeini, Pol Pot, Rasputin, Kim Il Sung.

Which contemporary figures do you most despise?

Kim Jong Il.

Which events in military history do you most admire?

The Libyan rebels taking their country back.

Which natural gift would you most like to possess?

A talent for learning languages.

How would you like to die?

Fully conscious, fully sane, fully satisfied.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Everything that attracts unwanted attention. I wish I had an invisibility cloak sometimes.

What is your motto?

Keep calm and carry on.

My brother looks like Proust.

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