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On Sun, 08 Apr 12 19:27:03 UTC A answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Uncomfortable shoes
Where would you like to live?
Germany, of course, the fun part of Berlin
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Being a 19th century Oxford don
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To my need to consume coffee every morning, religiously
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Sebastian Flyte, Lucy Honeychurch, Nestor, Hadrian in Marguerite Yourcenar
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Pliny the Elder, Protagoras the Sophist, Ole Worm, Auden (if he counts as historical yet), Quentin Crisp
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Rotem and Jesse, Susan Sontag
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Orlando (if s/he counts), Brunhilde, Charlotte in the Golden Bowl, Barbara Pym women
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
The ability to carry on a conversation with me without seeming stupid
The quality you most admire in a woman?
As I said, I don't fuck the stupid
Your favorite virtue?
Knowledge of the classical languages
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
a 16th century antiquarian with a large budget and a gardener
Your most marked characteristic?
My manic intellectualism
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
Lack of tact
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To live without knowing beauty
What would you like to be?
A Humanist, A Writer, A Lover, A Friend
What is your favorite color?
violently bright orange
What is your favorite flower?
I like cacti, succulents in particular
What is your favorite bird?
the raven
Who are your favorite prose writers?
E.M. Forster, other incredibly British novelists
Who are your favorite poets?
Auden, Philip Sidney, Virgil, James Merrill, Keats
Who are your heroes in real life?
The heroes died in the golden age
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Isabella Merian, Vita Sackville-West, Susan Sontag, Rosalind Franklin
What are your favorite names?
ostentatiously Greek ones
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
emperors Tacitus and Suetonius dislike, the Caesars first among them
What event in military history do you most admire?
Scipio Africanus' battles in the Punic Wars
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
tall, gangly willow-like beauty
How would you like to die?
whilst lecturing
What is your present state of mind?
Vague anxiety about work not yet done
What is your motto?
Beauty is Truth, Truth, Beauty

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