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Avitable and the Proust Questionnaire

Thanks to the lovely Finn for this series of questions, taken from the Proust Questionnaire from Vanity Fair magazine. She picked and chose her favorites, and I’ll just trust her choices:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Like yin and yang, there would be no perfect happiness without perfect unhappiness. I think I’d rather just have normal happiness instead.

What is your greatest fear?
Being forgotten.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My selfishness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Insincerity.

On what occasion do you lie?
I lie for the development of my persona. I lie when I’m trapped. I lie when I’m scared not to.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My life is kind of an extravagance in and of itself.

What is your current state of mind?
Constantly working, never resting, always thinking of one thing while doing another.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Vulnerability

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Wicked sense of humor. (same answer as Finn)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I tend to justify my actions by saying “I’m just saying” a lot.

When and where were you happiest?
When I was inside a bubble for an hour.

Who are your favorite writers?
Stephen King, Lee Child, John Sandford, Dean Koontz, classic Anne Rice, Robert B. Parker, Dennis LeHane

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I was musically inclined.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
That they weren’t Republicans.

If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A body pillow.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My weight.

Where would you like to live?
Los Angeles.

What is your most treasured possession?
I don’t have one. Updated: upon further reflection, maybe my hard drive because it has most of my memories.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Loneliness.

What do you most value in your friends?
Acceptance. (same answer as Finn)

What are your favorite names?
I don’t have any.

What is it that you most dislike?
Stupidity borne out of ignorance.

What is your greatest regret?
Making a decision out of fear.

How would you like to die?
Protecting someone.

What is your motto?
Avitable: Tact is for pussies
Adam: What, me worry?

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53 Replies to “Avitable and the Proust Questionnaire”

  1. lceel

    Thank you, Adam, for doing that straight.

    And may I suggest (I know you have SO MUCH time at your disposal), as an addition to your library of authors – Jasper Fforde? Read “The Big Over Easy” and then “The Fourth Bear”. If, after those two, you seek more Fforde, then go back and start at the beginning of the “Thursday Next” series of books (That’s the name of the heroine) – “The Eyre Affair”.

    I promise – you will not regret the time spent.

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