Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Proust Questionnaire

If you've ever made it to the back page of a Vanity Fair magazine, you've no doubt seen/read a "Proust Questionnaire." Each month a famous person responds to a series of questions taken from Andre Maurois's Proust: Portrait of a Genius. If taken seriously (some don't), the questions can be incredibly insightful into the subject's personality. Sometimes I ask the questions of people I've recently met, or even make it a game at a party. So rather than subjecting YOU to it, I'll be the guinea pig. There are only two rules: 1) The subject can answer any way he/she wants (this can be as telling as the answer sometimes); and 2) No explanations of the answer is required.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Drive. Hygiene. Humor.

What do you most value in your friends?
Their ability to make me smile--without doing anything.

Besides family, who or what has had the greatest impact on your life?
Coach Tom L. and friend Owen B.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Urbane diction.

What is your principle defect?
My insatiable need for new stimuli.

What is your favorite journey?
From the office to home.

What is your perfect idea of happiness?
Everyone else happy.

What would you consider to be the greatest of misfortunes?
Losing a loved one unexpectedly.

What is it you most dislike?
Religious zealots.

What is your favorite occupation?

How would you like to die?

In my sleep, dreaming of my childhood.

What is your present state of mind?

What is your greatest fear?
Failure. At anything.

What is your most treasured possession?
Casey. Followed closely by my laptop.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Rebounding from the throws of depression.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Abstinence, from anything.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Jean-Luc Picard


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