onsdag, februar 22, 2006

That Proust, he really gets around, Part 2

First there was Proust at age 13, then there was Proust at the ripe old age of 20. As before, the inspiration is Chloe. You can still see all of Marcel's answers here.

Your most marked characteristic? My amazing ability to procrastinate, combined with a certain special indecisiveness. I know that's two characteristics, but they're pretty intertwined.

What do you most value in your friends? Intelligence, conversational ability, supportiveness

What is your principle defect? See my most marked characteristic

What is your favorite occupation? At the moment, blogging, and communicating more with my friends than before. And planning my next projects.

What is your dream of happiness? Being satisfied and fulfilled in all areas of my life, and the same for my family and friends.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? Something bad happening to a loved one.

What would you like to be? Alive, happy, healthy, independent yet still retaining a good support system

In what country would you like to live? Portugal, definitely. But Denmark comes in second, and is slowly overtaking....

What is your favorite color? Medium to dark charcoal gray, various shades of blue. For clothing, I am attracted by shades of turquoise and aqua.

What is your favorite flower? Jacaranda

What is your favorite bird? I'm not sure I have one. Swan maybe.

Who are your favorite prose writers? Shakespeare, James Joyce, H.P. Lovecraft. Possibly, but not necessarily, at the same time.

Who are your favorite poets? George Herbert, Anne Sexton

Who are your favorite composers? Rachmaninoff, Elvis Costello

Who are your favorite heroines of history? The mythical first woman in every field of endevour

What are your favorite names? I go through phases, but recurring ones include Nikolaj and Vasco for boys, or Mafalda and Maja for girls.

What is it you most dislike? Not knowing what to do with my time

What historical figures do you most despise? I find it hard to despise anyone, even the truly despicable. I just can't spare the energy for it.

What event in military history do you most admire? The signing of every peace treaty.

What reform do you most admire? Human rights

What natural gift would you most like to possess? The marketing savvy to exploit the natural gifts which I already have.

How would you like to die? Peacefully, awake, surrounded by loved ones, and an extremely long time from now!

What is your present state of mind? A bit tired, but otherwise pretty calm and o.k. Comfortable.

What is your motto? Carpe diem.

There were other questions which were the same as before, or almost the same. I considered answering them again, for the sake of completeness, but then decided against, as not enough time has passed to make for any interesting differences. So, this might be one to come back to and do again in several years. It's also one for you to do, if you haven't done it already. So go on then - I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

25 kommentarer:

Autumn sagde ...

Very nice blog. I enjoyed my time with you. I will be back.

Maddy sagde ...

Wonderful answers - I will have to
check out that Lovecraft -
just for the name alone!

I am adding you to my blogroll-
hope you don't mind.


Jack P Toerson sagde ...

Dammit. I'm going to have to put together my own list now. Peer pressure and all that.

True Blue Guy sagde ...

Lovely answers !

I like the one about how you would like to die. Nicely written !

I love blue too. I just love that color !

kimananda sagde ...

Autumn, I'm glad you had a good time. You are more than welcome anytime.

Madelyn, thanks, and I've added you to my list, too. :-)

Jack, why bow to peer pressure? Or, more to the point, why think of it as peer pressure? How about taking part in a collective movement?

True Blue Guy, thank you for the kind words. And, I have decided I should think of a nickname for you. How about just Blue?

marybishop sagde ...

What event in military history do you most admire? The signing of every peace treaty.

Love, love this answer...all were great...

Connie and Rob sagde ...

You did a wonderful job on your answers.

I had to familiarize myself with your flower Jacaranda. Oh it is beautiful. You have great taste.

Take care,

Simple American sagde ...

ditto wat I said for Part I.

And the procrastinating bit does not surprise me.

Daphnewood sagde ...

I can't believe Anne Sexton is one of your favorite poets! I did a presentation on her works and life in high school. I tried to get my daughter to use Anne Sexton as her biography topic paper but she saw the size of the biography (around 500 pages I think) and said she would rather study Ray Bradbury. I still think I am going to pick up a book of her peoms for Mouse.

I liked this post-peering into your mind a bit ;)

Devil Mood sagde ...

I'm reading this and realizing I missed a lot of questions and might have repeated some: I got them from Madelyn's blog and not Chloe's this time. Hm...
It was nice to read your answers :)

HanktheDog sagde ...

Ah, jacarandas. We have a yard of jasmine, and when the jacaranda blossoms fall it's a carpet to behold: "I got me flowers to straw thy way".

True Blue Guy sagde ...

Yes Ma'am Blue works just fine. If thats too long Bl would also do :-D


Morose sagde ...

Stolen again, for my own blog. Chibithulhu will be too busy fighting pod=-people until may or so and then he might have some answers

kimananda sagde ...

Mary, thank you! It was fun really trying to see what my views were, sort of a clarifying tool.

Connie, actually, I'm normally not the type to notice flowers much. However, on a weekend on the island of Madeira, I spent a lot of time noticing the tropical flowers. In particular, many streets in the capital of Funchal were lined with Jacaranda, and I was entranced. Then, when I got back to Lisbon (where I was living at the time), I realized that there were lots of them scattered throughout Lisbon as well, but just that I had never noticed them. When the petals begin to fall, and the ground is that soft purple...amazing!

Mr. American, yes, please do this part too. And I'm not surprised that you're not surprised. ;-)

Daphnewood, my favorite is Transformations...that's Anne Sexton's poetic take on lots of old fairy tales, with some cool illustrations as I recall. I'd recommend that to Mouse.

Devil Mood, welcome. I took my questions directly from the link to Proust's questions, and then decided myself what to keep and what to discard. For example, the question about occupation I kept and did a second time, but with occupation meaning way of using time, rather than job. I think we all therefore have a slightly different version of it, which is nice. I like individual differences!

Hello, Blue! :-) I'd call you Bl, but that makes you sound like a chemical element. Although, now that I think about it...perhaps something like 'Blue-tonium'? ;-)

kimananda sagde ...

Ah, Morose. Two posts crossing in the night. I look forward to reading your answers sooner, and Chibi's answers later!

Devil Mood sagde ...

Yes, it was nice. I think we all adapted the questionnaire a little bit. :)

al-Ferengi sagde ...

Your most marked characteristic?
Forceful, allconsuming passion caged up to not inconvenient people in my immediate surroundings too much.

What do you most value in your friends?

What is your favorite flower?
Beautiful ones =)

What is your favorite bird?
Owls and hawks. I also like vultures for their important function.

Who are your favorite prose writers?

Who are your favourite poets? Uuhh..

What is it you most dislike?
Being greedy and hurting others, just because you can.

What historical figures do you most despise?
Fanatics, whether they are famous or not. (I can only agree..., unless they were fanatically searching for a cure for an ailment.)

What event in military history do you most admire?
Every treaty of peace, that has been signed.

What reform do you most admire?
The humane one. It is hopefully on its way...

A future reform I hope for:
The humane one. To do, what works, and what is inherently good or at least fair, not what your parents, the Church, the police or your political party tells you to do.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To switsh off my brain and park my sorrows somewhere, where they do me no harm.

How would you like to die?
Knowing, that it was worth it.

What is your present state of mind?
I am questioning things and for patterns.

What is your motto?
Darkness is only a lack of light.

al-Ferengi sagde ...

What do you most value in your friends?

(that one slipped...)

kimananda sagde ...

Hi Ms. Mood, I totally agree. This way, we can gain insight into the different writers not only by the answers, but also by which questions were kept, and which discarded.

Ms. Scorpio, you have great answers! The one about how you would like to die, 'knowing that it was worth it' is the best one. :-)

marybishop sagde ...

Sorry about my recent vague blog entry...I'm sure it was confusing to those who don't know Summer.

I learned about the problem on laurenbove.blogspot.com if you care to read more about it...

kimananda sagde ...

Thanks for the link! It makes a lot of sense now, and is a very sad situation.

Etchen sagde ...

Cool answers! What draws you to Portugal?

kimananda sagde ...

Hi Etchen! I'm drawn to Portugal simply because I lived there for 6 years (1995-2001). It was my first time living away from my home area, and Portuguese was my first foreign language - the fact that I used to be really good at it, and now am totally rusty and have no opportunities to practice is something that regularly bothers me. Lisbon especially is a city where I have felt truly at home, and it's the place I've lived in which I tend to miss more and more deeply than other places I've lived in.

Devil Mood sagde ...

Kimananda: Assim sendo, acho que temos de praticar um bocado de português. O que achas? :)

kimananda sagde ...

Eu acho que e uma boa ideia...'ta combinado! Obrigadissima pela suggestao!

(e peco desculpa para a falta de marcas de accento...o meu computador fala ingles e dinamarques so, pois ja nao me lembro o layout de teclada portuguesa!)