Sunday, December 24, 2017

Proust's Questionnaire

__1.__What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Leisure time, and the resources needed, to pursue interests without impediment.

__2.__What is your greatest fear?

Not having any of the above, or rather more so: the death of those I love.

__3.__What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My many sinful abominations.

__4.__What is the trait you most deplore in others?


__5.__Which living person do you most admire?

Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski.

__6.__What is your greatest extravagance?

Being an amateur, probably my professional cameras and lenses.

__7.__What is your current state of mind?

Apprehension concerning the political future of the country.

__8.__What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Self-discipline, especially when embodied in patience.

__9.__On what occasion do you lie?

Only during questionnaires, or police questioning.

__10.__What do you most dislike about your appearance?

That waistline of eternal improvement.

__11.__Which living person do you most despise?

Donald Milhous Trump.

__12.__What is the quality you most like in a man?

Ease of humor.

__13.__What is the quality you most like in a woman?

If she likes me.

__14.__Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

"That being said..." or "To be honest..."

__15.__What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My best friend, Jesus H. Christ.

__16.__When and where were you happiest?

Recently, since reconciling my family. Historically, the early days of the electronic house music explosion ~ 89-92. The three year summer of love.

__17.__Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to sketch creatively with an eye for composition, character, and abbreviation of line without sensual loss.

__18.__If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That I would feel less lonely.

__19.__What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I have written some prose passages and poems that I'm proud of.

__20.__If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Woody Allen's finger.

__21.__Where would you most like to live?

Far into the distant future.

__22.__What is your most treasured possession?

My Martin 16GT dreadnought acoustic guitar.

__23.__What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

I have had several periods in my life in which I was near suicidal - those.

__24.__What is your favorite occupation?

Musical performer.

__25.__What is your most marked characteristic?

Irony, satirical distance.

__26.__What do you most value in your friends?


__27.__Who are your favorite writers?

Salter, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Hamsun, Thompson, Bukowski, Dostoyevski, Genet. I am neglecting too many here.

__28.__Who is your hero of fiction?

Darling, Raskolnikov, or maybe the unnamed narrator of Hunger.

__29.__Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Joe Gould or the Marquis de Sade.

__30.__Who are your heroes in real life?

Christopher Hitchens.

__31.__What are your favorite names?

Gaylord and Cornelius for men. Tatiana and Periwinkle for women. They're family names.

__32.__What is it that you most dislike?

Washing clothes in a machine that doesn't work.

__33.__What is your greatest regret?

Allowing my love to devolve into acrimony.

__34.__How would you like to die?

Painlessly and unexpectedly, just after asking someone to "Please stop that!"

__35.__What is your motto?

Have others laugh, cruelty is inexcusable; bring a nice bottle of wine.