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!*