So, why not give a kick at the old Proust Questionnaire can? Haven’t done so in a long time and it’s always a fun bit of self-analysis. You should try it.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Isolation and rejection.
Where would you like to live? Either where I am living now, or on the island Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands, or in a lovely chocolate box village in the west country of England.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Being able to express myself at all levels of my being. And, yes, making love with the right person.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent? Irreverence, substance problems Have been there and done that and don’t want to be a hypocrite. But will always offer to help.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction? Winston Smith of 1984, Holden Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye, McMurphy in Cuckoo’s Nest, and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and especially her dad.
Who are your favorite characters in history? FDR, Churchill, Jonas Salk, William Wilberforce, Benjamin Disraeli, Barack Obama (if not for his performance then because he attained what would have been deemed impossible even a half-decade ealier) I am still amazed.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life? Aung Suu Kyi of Burma, (grudgingly at times) Hilary Clinton, (equally grudgingly at times) Margaret Thatcher, the Queen. That’s right, this anti-monarchist gives a huge nod to Elizabeth II. She’s a tough old boot, has faced some big woes, and also has to keep that ragtag family in line as well.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction? The aforementioned Scout. There are likely others, but none are immediately springing to mind.
Your favorite painter? Turner.
Your favorite musician? Jacqueline du Pre (cellist), Adele, Aretha, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, James Brown. I could get on a roll here, but I’ll refrain.
The quality you most admire in a man? Courage/integrity
The quality you most admire in a woman? Courage, sexual honesety, sense of humor
Your favorite virtue? Honesty
Your favorite occupation? Writing, mentoring
Who would you have liked to be? Much more successful at one I do. Yes, we’re talking money here, folks.
Your most marked characteristic? Oh, my huge charm and riveting looks, of course. But seriously, I hope kindness and compassion come to the fore in the eyes of others, plus I have a reasonable sense of humor.
What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty
What is your principle defect? Laziness, procrastination.
What is your favorite occupation? Writing, teaching.
What is your dream of happiness? To have funds sufficient to enable me to travel to all my bucket list spots, and the health to give me the stamina.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? To lose that stamina.
What is your favorite color? Blue (depending on my mood). I’m also partial to certain shades of yellow.
What is your favorite flower? I love most flowers, but I’ll opt for the rose.
What is your favorite bird? The homely old robin, that harbinger of spring.
Who are your favorite prose writers? Orwell, Greene, Amis (Martin and Kingsley), Christopher Hitchens, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, etc. etc.
Who are your favorite poets? Auden, Spender, Barker, Thomas, cummings, Owen, Sassoon, etc. etc.
Who are your favorite composers? Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Rimovacci’s Overshoe in Asia Minor.
Who are your heroes in real life? Bill and Melinda Gates. Richer’n God and determined to give it all back, especially in their polio campaign. Warren Buffett, even richer and for his continuing belief in salt-of-the-earth ordinary folks. Compare them to a piece of shit like Trump.
What is it you most dislike? Dishonsty, dislolty, crudity.
What historical figures do you most despise? Hitler (of course), Pol Pot, the Iranian honcho, Idi Amin, etc. etc.
What event in military history do you most admire? Monty’s victory over Rommel in North Africa. The ‘end of the beginning’ as Churchill put it. And the valiant and victorious flyboys of the RAF in the Battle of Britain.
What reform do you most admire? Abolition of slavery, universal suffrage.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? I’d like to be a better painter and a better writer of fiction.
How would you like to die? Quietly at a very advanced age after having been healthy throughout.
What is your present state of mind? Relatively content. I just completed a big freelance assignment.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent? Human frailty in the well-meaning.
What is your motto? Live and let live – as long as you don’t really piss me off or disturb my sleep.