questionnaire de proust

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The loss of loved ones.
Where would you like to live?
Everywhere. At least once.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be whole.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Sydney Carton. David Dunn.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Simon-bar-Jonah. Elizabeth I of England.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Susan B. Anthony. Harriet Tubman. Mother Teresa.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
The Slayer. Of course.
Your favorite painter?
Albrecht Dürer. Lucien Freud post-1960.
Your favorite musician?
Depends on my mood. At the moment, David Fonseca.
The quality you most admire in a man?
To quote Proust himself: Intelligence and moral sense.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
I’ve never wanted to be anyone else. Not really.


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  • Jurgen Nation
    Aug 6, 2007 at 5:24

    Aaah, Proust. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

    I may borrow this meme, if I may.

  • Minx
    Aug 7, 2007 at 2:56

    This is the questionnare at the end of Vanity Fair every issue! I love reading the answers.

  • Doug
    Aug 7, 2007 at 16:35

    Salt of the earth, you are Buffy ~

  • steph
    Aug 7, 2007 at 18:26

    Your favorite occupation?

    I can’t wait to read the book!!

  • golfwidow
    Aug 8, 2007 at 21:10

    I liked your answers to this – I think I also may need to borrow it at some point.

  • Yuriko
    Aug 9, 2007 at 3:34

    Hi Buffy! Thanks for visiting. I hope to read more of your blog! 🙂

  • golfwidow
    Aug 9, 2007 at 17:40

    Marcel Proust was a Yenta

    This is a Proust questionnaire that apparently appears in Vanity Fair, but I don’t read that……

  • Lefty
    Aug 9, 2007 at 18:34

    I take it you don’t watch a lot of reality television!

  • The G-Ma
    Aug 9, 2007 at 21:23

    The artist Paul Klee said (well, not to me, but he could have)regarding daily endeavors: Becoming is superior to being.” I have treasured this concept since I first read it.

    To ward off the stings of implied or actual criticism, just remind yourself, “I am becoming,” and you’re off the hook. Like a plenary indulgence.

  • LisaBinDaCity
    Aug 9, 2007 at 22:01

    I’m a Harriet Tubman fan myself. Cool post.

  • Angie
    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:53

    Idleness. Me, too. And I’m so GOOD at it!

  • hattigrace
    Aug 10, 2007 at 13:26

    Hey Buffy! Lowest depth of misery. . . toss up between loss of loved one and being betrayed by a loved one.

  • suz
    Aug 10, 2007 at 13:56

    Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to take some time this weekend to read your archives..great blog..

  • cyn
    Aug 10, 2007 at 19:32

    have you seen the trailer
    for the new elizabeth film with
    blanchett that will be coming
    out? i can’t wait!! i am also
    fascinated by elizabeth I, maybe
    even more so with her mother,
    anne boleyn.

  • Jen
    Aug 10, 2007 at 23:17

    I came to you by you coming to me and I just have to say that I love, love, love your site! You are truly gifted.

    I will definitely purchase a book authored by you. Keep us posted, for sure.

  • J
    Aug 14, 2007 at 16:43

    I grabbed this one from you, and posted on my blog today. 🙂

  • Christine
    Aug 28, 2007 at 17:03

    I grabbed this one from you and posted my responses on

    You can now count me among your regular readers. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here.

    Cheers, XINE