Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Proust Questionnaire

So I finished reading Hitch 22 today. During the final third of the book Hitchens republishes the Proust questionnaire that was also published on the Vanity Fair website recently. Thought I may give it a go too. Feel free to post yours on whatever forums you use if you feel inclined

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?_
A life without my passions: politics & music. Also a life without the G6 would be unbearable

Where would you like to live?
In a place where I am challenged intellectually, constantly surprised and enlivened.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
A world where there is a Labor Government in Australia indefinitely, quality TV shows are plentiful and everyone loves the Quin Twins as much as I do

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Arrogance, distance, emotional hyperactivity

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Joshua Lyman & Malcolm Tucker

Who are your favorite characters in history?
Paul Keating, Denis Murphy, Don Dunston, Gough Whitlam

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Oh most definitely the BFF, and the girl who must not be named, but knows who she is.

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Rory Gilmore, Emily Fitch, Peyton Sawyer, Amy Gardner

Your favorite painter?

Your favorite musician?
Well, duh its Tegan Quin

The quality you most admire in a man?
The ability to think like a woman, courage, intelligence

The quality you most admire in a woman?
Courage, Intelligence, conversationalist

Your favorite virtue?

Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one?
Faith. It’s all bullshit

Your proudest achievement?
Surviving intellectually when so many told I could not

Your favorite occupation?
Satisfying my never ending quest for knowledge.

Who would you have liked to be?
Kevin Rudd (Not for the obvious reason either)

Your most marked characteristic?

What do you most value in your friends?
Their continued existence and their loyalty.

What is your principal defect?
The obvious one.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Nothing, already had it and overcame it

What would you like to be?
A writer of non fiction professionally

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite flower?

What is your favorite bird?
Chicken (When it is cooked)

What word or expression do you most overuse?

Who are your favorite poets?

None, much prefer prose.

What are your favorite names?
Tegan, Sara, Vanessa, Katie (why are these all girls names?)

What is it you most dislike?


Which historical figures do you most despise?
John Howard!

Which contemporary figures do you most despise?
Tony Abbott, Nick Minchin, (lets just make it the entire dry faction of the Libs)

Which events in military history do you most admire?

I am a pacifist!

Which natural gift would you most like to possess?
Athleticism, Warren Tredrea style

How would you like to die?

What do you most dislike about your appearance?


What is your motto?
Knowledge is Power!


  1. "Who would you have liked to be?
    Kevin Rudd"

    Welcome to being my new hero :]

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  3. 'Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
    Rory Gilmore, EMILY FITCH, Peyton Sawyer, Amy Gardner'

    Oh and FITCH FTW!

    Lol, you knew it would be Fitch related didn't you hahaha.

    love ya!
    The BFF

    [Pfft okaayy, I guess Peyton can stay too.. Lol :P'

  4. And that Ladies and Gentleman is why she is my BFF, Love ya :D

  5. Having just discovered the West Wing THIS YEAR and watching all 7 seasons in a very short period of time, I want to marry Josh Lyman.

  6. Josh: "Victory is mine! Victory is mine. Great day in the morning, People, Victory is mine.... I drink from the keg of glory, Donna. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land."

    Donna:"It's going to be an unbearable day." .

    Josh is the best, even though he is fictional he is one of my political heroes. However, the question must be asked. Why, only now did you JUST discover The West Wing, possibly the greatest TV show of all time?