Sunday, February 1, 2009

Proust's Questionnaire

If any of you read Vanity Fair magazine, you might know that they interview a famous person and call it the Proust Questionnaire. It was a parlor game that Marcel Proust played in his youth (no, he did not actually invent the game). His answers were recorded once when he was 13 and once when he was 20. I've decided to play the parlor game as are my answers...
    • What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
        Clinical depression and being confined to a hospital because of it.
    • Where would you like to live?
        Wherever I feel I could make a home that doesn't stifle my creativity and freedom.
    • What is your idea of earthly happiness?
        To live in a house with a library and my family and close friends nearby.
    • Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
        Atticus Finch, Aragorn, Professor Dumbledore, Sirius Black
    • Who are your favorite characters in history?
        Socrates, Oscar Wilde, Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare
    • Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
        Maya Angelou
    • Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
        Arwen, Eowen, Jo March, Calamity Jane, Holly Golightly
    • Your favorite musician?
        Ben Harper
    • The quality you most admire in a man?
        Intelligence, wit, honour
    • The quality you most admire in a woman?
        a good sense of humour
    • Your favorite virtue?
    • Your favorite occupation?
        Reading and writing
    • Who would you have liked to be?
      Myself, this time a year ago..... with the knowledge I have now....the world would be a fairer place for it.
    • Your most marked characteristic?
        My passion and determination; I've been called relentless by a friend before.
    • What do you most value in your friends?
        Intelligence, honesty, open-mindedness and courage
    • What is your principle defect?
        Extreme self-righteousness, over-the-top perfectionism.
    • What is your favorite color?
        Blue, purple, yellow, pale green, pink, silver
    • What is your favorite flower?
        White and pink roses, lilies
    • What is your favorite bird?
    • Who are your favoite poets?
        Wow.....that's hard.... Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Kahlil Gibran, Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Robert Frost.....this could go on for a while...
    • Who are your favorite composers?
        Beethoven, Tchaiovsky, Mozart
    • What are your favorite names?
        Honor, Dante
    • What is it you most dislike?
    • What natural gift would you most like to possess?
        Wit to rival Oscar Wilde's
    • How would you like to die?
        Peacefully, after I've lived a long life with many achievements and had all my dreams realised.
    • What is your motto?
        Nothing is perfect, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

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