The Proust Questionnaire, popularized by French writer Marcel Proust in the nineteenth century, is essentially a series of questions that illuminate one’s tastes and personality, and was often played as a parlor game way back in the day. In recent years, Vanity Fair has brought the Proust Questionnaire to its back page, asking actors and athletes and other public figures such universal questions as “What is your greatest fear?” and “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?” I always find the responses to these types of questionnaires immensely fascinating and revealing. And ’tis equally as interesting to try to answer such questions.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Conversing with interesting people in a quiet place where gin & tonics are readily available.
What is your greatest fear?
The mysterious certainty of death.
Which living person do you most admire?
Lady Gaga. Girl is a true artist and has accomplished so much for someone so young.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My inability to reign in my emotions.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Everything I buy that I don’t have an immediate need for.
On what occasion do you lie?
When the truth is unkind or unappealing.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Crooked nose and thick calves.
What is your favorite journey?
The drive from Seattle to Bellingham is stunning, especially when the sun is out and I have good music to listen to.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would love to feel more confident and more at ease in the midst of large social gatherings.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I wish there were more of us.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Conditioning myself to embrace a carpe diem lifestyle, something entirely contrary to my nature.
If you died and came back as a person or a thing what do you think it would be?
Probably a woodland creature of some sort.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the greatest depth of misery?
The moment you realize that there’s nothing you can do to keep your significant other from leaving you.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My grandmother, Betty Friedan, Lady Gaga.
When and where were you happiest?
When I finally got a job after seven months of unemployment. It was a turning point for my overall sense of self-worth at that point.
What is it that you most dislike?
Sexism. And mayonnaise.
How would you like to die?
Swiftly, and without fear.
What is your motto?
“Do epic shit.”
PS. If you decide to do this questionnaire too, leave a link in the comments so that I can read your answers! 🙂