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a tapestry of memories and thoughts and emotions
...and my mind struggled in an unsuccessful attempt to discover where I was,
everything would be moving round me through the darkness: things, places, years.
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way
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Fill out the Proust Questionnaire
The young Marcel Proust was asked to fill out questionnaires at two social events: one when he was 13, another when he was 20. Proust did not invent this party game; he was simply the most extraordinary person to respond to them. At the birthday party of Antoinette Felix-Faure, the 13-year-old Marcel was asked to answer fifteen questions in the birthday book. Seven years after the first questionnaire, Proust was asked, at another social event, to fill out another; the questions are much the same, but the answers somewhat different, indicative of his traits at 20.
In the back pages of Vanity Fair (and in fact in a number of other periodicals in different countries) each month, readers can find The Proust Questionnaire, a closely related set of questions posed to famous subjects about their lives, thoughts, values and experience. This page offers you the opportunity to answer the same questions Proust answered and to make your answers known to the world (they will be posted on this Web site) and, just like Marcel Proust's answers, to preserve them for posterity (your answers will be archived at the Internet Archive and a copy will be kept at the New Library of Alexandria in Egypt; allow for a delay of twelve to eighteen months before your answers will appear in the archives). Fill out the questionnaire multiple times to document how your attitudes and opinions changed (this is intended to be a long term project). You don't need to answer all the questions. Upload an image to be displayed with your answers if you wish. The answers given by each participant will appear on separate Web pages which you will be able to link to from your blog or Web site (URL of your answers: http://hoelder1in.org/Proust/<your name>_<timestamp>.html). Use the commenting function at the bottom of each page to get in touch with other participants.
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