12 June 2009

Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A long, excellent meal with best friends and a dog or two at our feet.

What is your greatest fear?
Failing to realise my full potential in one way or another.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
A lack of discipline.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Wilful ignorance.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Travel.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Obedience.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Cheek.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Understanding.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Ridiculous, "I know, right?"

Which talent would you most like to have?
A photographic memory.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
Living without envy.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
An HB pencil.

Where would you most like to live?
A stone cottage in Hyde Park, or Charleston.

What is your most treasured possession?
My camera and my passport.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Irreverence.

What do you most value in your friends?
A curious mind and a good appetite.

Who are your favourite writers?
Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Kazuo Ishiguro, Noel Coward, Martha Ostenso, E.M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh.

Who is your hero of fiction?
Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Nancy Mitford, Vanessa Bell.

What is it that you most dislike?
Melodrama in real life.

What is your greatest regret?
Giving up Japanese lessons.

How would you like to die?
With a minimum of fuss.

What is your motto?
Perfection is the enemy of the good.