Proust Questionnaire

This comes via Simmone Howell, who is currently in residence on Inside a Dog. THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

What is your most marked characteristic? Bluntness.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Honesty. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Intelligence.

What do you most value in your friends? Extreme, loving silliness. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Selfishness. What is your favorite occupation? Making stuff with words, wool or fabric. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Sunday afternoons at my sewing machine, while Michael tinkers with a song on the couch.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Betrayal. In which country would you like to live? Australia. Who are your favorite writers? Diana Wynne Jones, Meg Cabot, David Almond and about a zillion others. Who are your favorite poets? E V Rieu, ee cummings, A A Milne.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Pooh Bear.

Who is your favorite heroine of fiction? Lyra Silvertongue. Who are your favorite composers? Allegri, Neil Finn, James Taylor. Who are your favorite painters? Henry Darger, Shaun Tan, Kay Nielsen. What are your favorite names? Jack, Trixie, Reuben. What is it that you most dislike? Wilful ignorance.

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could draw.

How would you like to die? Legally, painlessly and by my own choice or the choice of those who love me. What is your current state of mind? Fuzzy. What is your motto? Be curious about the world.