Proust Questionnaire

 I shan’t imagine too many people will be interested, but I filled out the Proust questionnaire for a bit of fun. As of this writing, I am 24 and turning 25 in about a week. Might be fun to look back on. Or horrifying. Probably horrifying. Remember those Myspace questionnaires?

Questions were taken from here.

  • What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Bereavement.

  • Where would you like to live?

Holland.

  • What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Peace, quiet, an engaging activity.

  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Indolence, overindulgence, impatience.

  • Who are your favourite heroes of fiction?

Leopold Bloom. Stephen Dedalus. Sherlock Holmes.

  • Who are your favourite characters in history?

Sigmund Freud. Jacques Derrida. Malcolm X.

  • Who are your favourite heroines in real life?

My mother.

  • Who are your favourite heroines of fiction?

Jane Eyre. Molly Bloom. Ophelia.

  • Your favourite painter?

Salvador Dali.

  • Your favourite musician?

Lou Reed or Kurt Cobain. Can’t decide.

  • The quality you most admire in a man?

Patience.

  • The quality you most admire in a woman?

Patience.

  • Your favourite virtue?

Patience.

  • Your favourite occupation?

I could say reading and writing to try and save face, but I spend altogether too much time playing videogames.

  • Who would you have liked to be?

James Joyce.

  • Your most marked characteristic?

Delusions of grandeur.

  • The quality you most like in a man?

Intelligence. The ability to hold a conversation.

  • The quality you most like in a woman?

Ditto.

  • What do you most value in your friends?

A willingness to listen.

  • What is your principle defect?

Inability to see things through. I answered the first five questions of this, then stopped. Came back a month later. Tempted to give up and log in to WoW.

  • What is your favourite occupation?

Them blasted videogames.

  • What is your dream of happiness?

Sharing my daily existence with the woman I love.

  • What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

To not have met her.

  • What would you like to be?

Myself without the character flaws.

  • In what country would you like to live?

Holland.

  • What is your favourite colour?

Green. I tend to like darker shades of green, like emerald or British racing.

  • What is your favourite flower?

All that comes to mind is filth.

  • What is your favourite bird?

I don’t know enough about birds to have a favourite. I like all kinds of birds apart from magpies, I have taken a dislike to them after learning about how they eat the young of other birds.

  • Who are your favourite prose writers?

James Joyce. William S. Burroughs. Thomas Pynchon.

  • Who are your favourite poets?

T.S. Eliot. Ezra Pound. P.B. Shelley. Hope Mirrlees.

  • Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Leopold Bloom.

  • Who are your favourite heroines of fiction?

Jane Eyre. Molly Bloom.

  • Who are your favourite composers?

Beethoven, for Ode to Joy

  • Who are your favourite painters?

Dali, Picasso.

  • Who are your heroes in real life?

My mother, my grandmother, my sister, my girlfriend.

  • Who are your favourite heroines of history?

Rosa Parks. Ada Lovelace. Aphra Behn.

  • What are your favourite names?

As full of self-regard as it is, I like my name a lot. I like Ophelia a lot, too.

  • What is it you most dislike?

The necessity of earning money.

  • What historical figures do you most despise?

Hitler. Reagan. Thatcher.

  • What event in military history do you most admire?

The defence of Stalingrad.

  • What reform do you most admire?

The liar who decides to stop, and does.

  • What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Either a musical ear or the ability to easily learn languages.

  • How would you like to die?

With no foreknowledge or apprehension of the fact.

  • What is your present state of mind?

Still thinking about packing it in and logging on to WoW.

  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Impatience, anxiety, frustration.

  • What is your motto?

Scheisse passiert.

 

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