It happens that I’ve never filled out the celebrated Proust Questionnaire, so when I saw that Searchblog had done so the other day, I thought that doing the same thing might be a nice note on which to hit the road.
– What is your most marked characteristic? Curiosity.
– What is the quality you most like in a man? The ability to argue without becoming angry.
– What is the quality you most like in a woman? A sense of the absurd.
– What do you most value in your friends? Kindness and warmth.
– What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Impatience.
– What is your favorite occupation? Conversation with a loved one over a good meal.
– What is your idea of perfect happiness? The same, minus the meal and in closer proximity.
– What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Siegfried.
– In which country would you like to live? This one, in the Fifties.
– Who are your favorite writers? Johnson, Trollope, Dostoevsky, James, Conrad, Fitzgerald, Colette, Waugh, Flannery O’Connor, M.F.K. Fisher.
– Who are your favorite poets? Shakespeare, Dickinson, Hardy, Frost, Yeats, Auden, Larkin.
– Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Father Hugh Kennedy, in Edwin O’Connor’s The Edge of Sadness. Runner-up: Lucky Jim Dixon.
– Who is your favorite heroine of fiction? Vicky Haven, in Dawn Powell’s A Time to Be Born.
– Who are your favorite composers? Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Faur