Saturday, September 10, 2016

Proust Questionnaire for Papa

Going through drawers and old shoeboxes I came across the back page of a Vanity Fair mag from December 1998. It was Tony Bennett answering the Proust questionnaire. Next to his responses I scribbled in my father's answers from March 23rd 2001. Here they be for you:

What is your favorite occupation? Baseball
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Rose
When and where were you happiest? Williamsburg 1999
What is your greatest regret? Not studying harder.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being with Rose at the Library II.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Jefferson
Which living person do you most admire? Mandela
What is your greatest extravagance? Smoking
What is your favorite journey? Work
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Chastity
Which living person do you most despise? Sadaam Hussein
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Hello, how are ya?
What is your current state of mind? Irritated with my daughter.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'm perfect, how could I figure this out? Indecision.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Smarter
Where would you like to live? Where I am.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you value most in your friends? Honesty
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Flash Gordon
What are your favorite names? Iris and Paul
What is it you most dislike? Stealing
How would you like to die? Quickly
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A prophet
What is your motto? Always faithful.

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