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The Proust Questionnaire
Whenever I read Vanity Fair magazine, I always flip to the back to check out The Proust Questionnaire, named after the 19th century French writer Marcel Proust. I’ve never read his work, but it’s a cool interview. I’ve always wanted to answer these questions. As no one has yet asked me I thought I would do it myself, and post my response for all robotic life that might be interested. Away we go…
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending unstructured time with my loved ones; making music with my Son, talking philosophy with my Daughter, walking through a beautiful place with my Wife, say along the banks of the Seine near the Notre Dame in Paris.
What is your greatest fear?
The dwindling water table in the Western U.S., and what it may mean for my life.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Mahatma Gandhi, he was a nice man and also a revolutionary. He kicked ass, but in a kind way. He liberated his county without firing a shot.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Self pity, I lead a blessed life but still find reason to feel sorry for myself. I’m lucky I exist at all. The universe took 13.7 billion years out its day to make me, you’d think I could be more grateful.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Malice; causing suffering for reasons other than self defense, either through hate or selfishness, or laziness.
What is your favorite journey?
The artistic journey of discovery from the man that I think I am to the one I really am.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I’m pretty good with that actually. What an unproductive question! If I have to choose something, I’ll go with unnoticed nose hair.
Which living person do you most despise?
So many to choose from… It’s a tie between Liz Smith, a sadistic vocal teacher I suffered at Juilliard, and Kony, the African rebel who takes child soldiers. Although, I know he’s not the only devil who does that. Both wound the young.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Rock on”, and “Sweet!”.
What is your biggest regret?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife, Patricia.
When and where we’re you the happiest?
Right here, right now. I’ve been working on this all my life, and I think I’m finally making headway.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Drawing, I’m hopeless at it.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wouldn’t. I’m not wise enough.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I would give it a Father who was around more.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The raising of my children.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?
A Central Park bench…oh!, the conversations I could spy on, the stories I could tell!
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your most marked characteristic?
Who are your favorite writers?
William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Sam Shepard, and David Mamet.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Mahatma Gandi, Dr. Martin King Jr., Nelson Mandela, John Lennon, and Johnny Rotten aka John Lydon.
What is it that you most dislike?
Sitting in traffic.
How would you like to die?
At a successful public hanging, just moments before my natural death. Just kidding…peacefully in my sleep, surrounded by my Family, a long time from now…of course.