Friday, July 9, 2010

The Proust Questionnaire

What is your most marked characteristic?
Thoughtful. Not in the "thinking of others" way, although I think I often am that, but in the "thinks about stuff a lot" way.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

What do you most value in your friends?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Envy and resentment. OK, that's two, but the're linked.

What is your favorite occupation?

Being with friends.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sunday morning + window seat + sunshine + guitar.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being able to help your child feel better.

In which country would you like to live?

France looks nice, and I'd like to spend at least a year in New York. But if you can't find somewhere in Australia that suits you, you're pretty hard to please.

Who are your favorite writers?

Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, Kurt Vonnegut, Annabel Crabb.

Who are your favorite poets?

Hmm. Not really a poetry guy, but I do like the elegance of a well-crafted haiku.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Yossarian from Catch-22.

Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?
Lucy from the Narnia books. I also used to have a bit of a lit-crush on Nancy Blackett from Swallows and Amazons.

Who are your favorite composers?

Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven

Who are your favorite painters?

Jeffrey Smart, and the Heidelbergers.

What are your favorite names?

Anything spelt conventionally.

What is it that you most dislike?

Injustice and deceit that leads to injustice. I'm looking at you, footballers of the world.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to draw like Shaun Tan.

How would you like to die?
Peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers.

What is your current state of mind?

Excited about the opportunities before me, slightly stressed at how little time there is to achieve them all.

What is your motto?

"A drop of ink may make a million think." (Byron)

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1 comment:

Tristan Bancks said...

Hey mate
I love this post. Tempted to do the questionnaire myself. I particularly liked your response to 'How would you like to die?'

So you.