Today is Marcel Proust‘s birthday. Why not celebrate by answering the questionnaire he made famous?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting outside on a porch swing, reading a good book, drinking a glass of good wine.
What is your greatest fear?
Which living person do you most admire?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for standing up and speaking her (brilliant) mind.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I’m sometimes too afraid to take necessary risks.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Not cursing. Fuck is just about the most perfect word in the English language and I hate having to censor myself from using it.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I feel like I never look at put-together as I’d like.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Writing, forever and ever.
When and where were you happiest?
Berkeley in 2011 – in love with academia, friends, the city I lived in, and everything around me. Graduation was tough.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I really wish I could sing.
What is your current state of mind?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I could tolerate uncomfortable shoes.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
When I learned to stand up for myself and love me more than I loved someone else, i.e. breaking up with my first serious boyfriend. I’d also put the completion of my first screenplay and my thesis up there as well.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Hell is other people, so they say…
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and kindness. A sense of humor is important as well.
Who are your favorite writers?
Gabriel García Márquez, J.K. Rowling, Anne Frank, Aaron Sorkin, Brian K. Vaughn. So many others.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who are your heroes in real life?
The Notorious RBG (mentioned above), Barack Obama, Jenny Lewis, my mother, Anne Frank.
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
What is your motto?