onsdag, februar 22, 2006

That Proust, he really gets around, Part 1

At the age of 13, Marcel Proust played a party game which involved answering some questions. At the age of 37, I have taken the same idea from Chloe, and given my own answers. Proust's answers can be seen here.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Feeling eternally bereft, and totally apart from all humanity (the curse of the shy person, that)

Where would you like to live? I normally make it a point to like wherever I am; however, if someone held a gun to my head and made me choose, I'd probably choose London. But I'd get all of my family and friends to move there with me!

What is your idea of earthly happiness? A nice meal, a cup of tea, or cocoa, or coffee, or maybe an elaborate mixed drink, and a warm cuddle from the right person, possibly but not necessarily while travelling in some exotic locale (exotic being defined as somewhere I haven't been before)

To what faults do you feel most indulgent? Insecurity

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction? Leopold Bloom, Rumpole, King Lear

Who are your favorite characters in history? Shakespeare, Christian IV (of Denmark), Fernando Pessoa

Who are your favorite heroines in real life? my mom (hi Mom!), lots of friends throughout my life

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction? Molly Bloom, and all women in fiction who actually have spines

Your favorite painter? All sorts of nameless medieval painters. And especially medieval tapestry weavers...well, it's sort of like woven paintings, isn't it? Well, isn't it? ;-)

Your favorite musician? What, you mean I have to choose one? Oh, alright, how about Jorge Palma.

The quality you most admire in a man? Intelligence, a sense of humor, and there should be an edge of some sort.

The quality you most admire in a woman? The same as in a man, but I tolerate a lack of edge better in women for some reason.

Your favorite virtue? Honesty.

Your favorite occupation? Hmmm...writer or journalist perhaps

Who would you have liked to be? This is a rather difficult question, as why would I have liked to be other than what I am? However, that being said, someone who could live easily off of creative pursuits, who didn't have to worry about practical things like money or cleaning the house.

Thank you to Chloe for posting this. And to all others who have also posted their answers. If anyone else wants to continue this, please let me know that you've done it. Proust also answered a different set of questions when he was 20, hence the Part 1 for this post. My answers to Part 2 will be forthcoming.

*photo shows one of the reasons I'd choose London: it's political!*

13 kommentarer:

Morningdew sagde ...

You know what, I'm beginning to get more and more drawn into doing this myself, Kim! Great answers!

Chloe sagde ...

hehe, Proust would really be ashamed of himself if he had read our answers. We are deep, non?

Thank you again (publicly!) for the wonderful things. I am going to send goodies soon. :)

HanktheDog sagde ...

Thanks. I'll have to think about how my own answers might read. I'll have to immerse myself in my cork-lined doghouse and ruminate for a while.

True Blue Guy sagde ...

Neat answers. Are you sure you want to live in London ? - I lived there for a while and its freakin expensive - prohibitive ! ;-)


kimananda sagde ...

Hey, Dew, I'd love to see your answers!

Chloe, yes, we are very, very deep. Although to give Proust credit, he was only 13 at the time. And it was truly my pleasure. But that being said, I'm looking forward to goodies! :-)

Hank, you are a very deep dog, and I look forward to hearing the results of your ruminations.

Hi True Blue Guy, actually I was living in London before coming to Denmark, and if I hadn't met my great Dane, I imagine I would have stayed there for the very long term. My time there was the time where I felt the most connected to world events, was the most culturally interested, and where I made some of the closest friends, of my entire life. And I didn't find it cost-prohibitive at all (though I also lived in rented rooms and bedsits, so my rent was quite low). In short, I loved, loved, loved it. It's the biggest city I've ever lived in, the most culturally diverse, and I really felt at home there.

Morningdew sagde ...

Kim, I share your passion for London. It was the city I grew up in and I still miss it badly from time to time. The good thing is, I get to go there once a year for work and I always make sure I do a bit of reminiscing when I'm there :-)

Morose sagde ...

I'm stealing these for my blog. they might show up in Chibithulhu's sometimei n april after he has finished his war with the Pod People

Vanessa sagde ...

Those are some great answers - I look forward to part 2

Sangroncito sagde ...

I love honesty, too....

portuguesa nova sagde ...

I would choose London too...and I don't exactly know why. I have always gotten such a good vibe from that city.

Simple American sagde ...

Enjoyed reading these.

Will do when I have time.

kimananda sagde ...

Dew, all of the comments that this post has generated about London is making me miss it even more! But in a good way.

Morose, you gave really inventive answers. Make sure you steal Part 2 as well, yes?

Vanessa, thanks! It'll be up relatively soon (today? tomorrow? Friday?)

Sangroncito, I worry about anyone who doesn't love honesty, or at least respect it. And, I'm thinking of you and all the Carnaval fun you're having!

Ms. Nova, I know what you mean. For me, though, it's all about the culture and the cultures.

Mr. American, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I look forward to seeing what you do with the questions.

Maddy sagde ...

I LOVE Rumpole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have everything - shows,
books everything!