My Answers to the Proust Questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Nurturing a healthy love for myself and for another person, simultaneously
What is your greatest fear?
To not have preserved my feelings and observations about the world in art before I die
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being indulgent with nostalgia
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
Anyone who has taken the steps to find emotional healing from trauma
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
Life or death
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A body of water
Where would you most like to live?
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Honestly, I don’t feel there is anyone in popular history that I can say I identify with.
Who are your favorite writers?
Elena Ferrante, Maggie Nelson, Philip Roth, and many others
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to learn foreign languages with ease
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Building my life on my own terms
Who are your heroes in real life?
Those who’ve survived suffering
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your greatest regret?
I try not to have these.
How would you like to die?
Asleep in my own bed
What is your motto?
Listen to your interior monologue