Proust Questionnaire

Where would you like to live?

Somewhere isolated and full of life.

 

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Good drink. Intelligent company. Good view.

 

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Craving fame.

 

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Jake Barnes from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Zorba from Zorba the Greek. Dorian Gray of Oscar Wilde. Orpheus from the Greek myths. And Humbert Humbert.

 

Who are your favorite characters in history?

Epicurus. Charles Darwin. Voltaire.

 

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

The Kurdish women who are every day pushing ISIS further back in Syria.

 

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Molly Bloom from Ulysses. Pilar in Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls. Anna Karenina. Catherine Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights. Sabina from Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

 

Your favorite painter?

Francisco Goya. Joaquin Sorrolla.

 

Your favorite musician?

Johnny Cash. Morrissey. Nick Cave. Antonin Dvorak. Johan Strauss.

 

The quality you most admire in a man?

Calmness and being open to change his mind.

 

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Calmness and being open to change her mind.

 

Your favorite virtue?

Humour.

 

Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one?

Ambition. Faith.

 

Your proudest achievement?

Winning a trip to Spain after being chosen from a Mediterranean-wide short-story competition.

 

Your favorite occupation?

Travelling and writing. Writing about travel.

 

Who would you have liked to be?

Ernest Hemingway.

 

Your most marked characteristic?

Short-lived obsessions.

 

What do you most value in your friends?

A sense of fun and a willingness to debate.

 

What is your principal defect?

Wanting to be alone more than I should do.

 

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

Finding out I’m not as good a writer as I think I am. And people around me getting old.

 

What would you like to be?

A traveller.

 

What is your favorite colour?

The kind of orange you see on the Spanish flag.

 

What is your favorite flower?

Lirium.

 

What is your favorite bird?

Birds-of-paradise.

 

What word or expression do you most overuse?

“To be fair.”

 

Who are your favorite poets?

Arthur Rimbaud. Federico Garcia Lorca. Pablo Neruda. Octavio Paz. Fernando Pessoa. Cesar Vallejo. Joan Salvat-Pappasseit. Oscar Wilde. Homer.

 

What are your favorite names?

James. Alexander (and all other variants: Alexandra, Alexandrine, etc), Sophia, Livia, Amandine, Oscar, Ernest.

 

What is it you most dislike?

Overly religious people and others who take life too seriously.

 

Which historical figures do you most despise?

Gaddafi. Mother Tereza. The Inquisition. Stalin.

 

Which contemporary figures do you most despise?

Kim Jong-un. Saudi Royal Family. Prince Charles. Donald Trump. Ayatollah Khomeni.

 

Which events in military history do you most admire?

Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. American Civil War. The Spanish Civil War of 1936 – 39.

 

Which natural gift would you most like to possess?

The gift of composing music. But… there aren’t enough genies in the world!

 

How would you like to die?

In a manner of my own choosing.

 

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

That it was made in god’s image… but what a bad day for him!

 

What is your motto?

In Maltese: Kull u tpaxxa ghax minn hawn ghal gol-kaxxa. Eat and indulge, because from here, it’s into the box.

 

 

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