Vanity Fair Query

Posted Sun, 03/23/08

The last page in every issue of Vanity Fair Magazine contains the Proust Questionnaire, usually put to a well-known person. I like the questions in general, so I answered them myself:

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Living in a cottage by the sea, preferably near the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast of America or in Ireland.

What is your greatest fear? Heights combined with closed-in places, so flying is out.

What is your most marked characteristic? Big lips.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Impatience.

Which living person do you most despise? It's a toss-up between my father and Rush Limbaugh.

What is your greatest extravagance? Books and computer paraphernalia.

What is your current state of mind? Unsettled.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Honesty.

On what occasion do you lie? To spare someone else's feelings, or when I think the topic at hand is no one else's business in the first place.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? My lips.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Integrity.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Integrity.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "May the saints preserve me" or "For chrissakes."

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Foofer. Aside from him, the "real thing" with a man hasn't happened yet.

When and where were you happiest? On 16 May 1997, when I first held Foofer in my arms (Pocatello, Idaho).

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My lips.

Which talent would you most like to have? Drawing.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being able to write.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A maniacal black cat with green eyes and big lips.

Where would you like to live? East Coast America or Ireland.

What is your most treasured possession? Books.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Death of a loved one, human or animal.

What is your favorite occupation? Writing.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? The Pink Panther (cartoon).Who is your favorite hero of fiction? The Pink Panther (cartoon).

What are your favorite names? Aidan for a boy, Aislinn for a girl.

What is it that you most dislike? Animal cruelty.

How would you like to die? Peacefully, with Foofer coming to get me.

What is your motto? "Self-Preservation."

A few of the questions require some thought. Give it a whirl if you feel so inclined.

*Related Posts: Vanity Fair Query (03/23/08); More Proust (11/19/08); Proust 2010 (12/20/10); Proust 2012 (02/25/12) and Proust 2015 (10/21/15).

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