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March 7th, 2019

here are my answers to the Proust questions:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being completely different from everybody around me, being myself and yet being completely accepted by everybody around me.

What is your greatest fear?
Rape or nuclear war.


Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Historical figures are by definition people who did something important. I don't think I did anything that important.

Which living person do you most admire?
Obama


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I feel I'm not very useful


What is the trait you most deplore in others?
cruelty or not caring about anybody but oneself


What is your greatest extravagance?
I don't have enough money to have extravagances


What is your favorite journey?

I love travel in general

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Many people consider having devout religious beliefs a virtue. I don't.


On what occasion do you lie?

Only about my having a roommate to my parents and bldg staff, and about being an atheist to my family, and that's only because I don't want to be fucking homeless.

What do you dislike the most about your appearance?
just about all of it


Which living person do you most despise?

That's easy: Donald Trump.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I've been told I say "stupid" and "I've been around the block a few times" too often.


What is your greatest regret?
My relationship with my mean crazy ex, I never should have gotten involved with him.


What or who is the greatest love of your life?
all the arts, music, theater, writing, movies, painting, etc.


When and where were you happiest?
several years ago, right here in the SF bay area
Which talent would you most like to have?
something that could actually keep me in a job, preferably something creative


What is your current state of mind?

happy I don't have to exert myself at all today and looking forward to this AMAZING party this friend of mine gives every year which is coming up in three days

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I had a boyfriend


If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

i wish they didn't leave me out of things. I wasn't even invited to my sister's wedding.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I'm good at trivia games and have won them a few times but that's about it.



If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

I don't believe in reincarnation but if it existed I wouldn't mind being one of those monkeys that lives in an Indian city and is pretty much allowed to go wherever they feel like. It's even considered good karma to feed those monkeys.

What is your most treasured possession?
My music, video and book libraries. I'm very proud of them.


What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
repression and boredom


Where would you like to live?
I love where I'm living right now. It would be better if I had more money, though.


What is your favorite occupation?

Reading

What is your most marked characteristic?
I think my intelligence or my sense of humor or maybe my just plain weirdness


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


What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Refusal to put up with bullshit


What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty, niceness, good sense of humor


Who are your favorite writers?
here's a list of twenty of them :


1. Oscar Wilde
2. Harlan Ellison
3. Maya Angelou
4. Dan Savage
5. Lewis Carroll
6. Edgar Allan Poe
7. Arthur Conan Doyle
8. the Onion writers
9. P. G. Wodehouse
10. Shakespeare
11. Blake
12. James Dickey
13. Hunter Thompson
14. Robert Frost
15. Edna St. Vincent Millay
16. Jack Kerouac
17. Lord Byron
18. George Bernard Shaw
19. Amy Tan
20. Michael Kurland
there are others.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

House!

Who are your heroes in real life?

the Beatles

What are your favorite names?

Hugh, Paul and Brian for guys, Alice, Caitlin and Lucy for women

What is it that you most dislike?

cruelty

How would you like to die?

as painlessly as possible

Last but not least: What is your favorite motto?

"I want no heaven for which I must give my reason; no happiness in exchange for my liberty; and no immortality that demands the surrender of my individuality."  ----Robert Ingersoll