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On Tue, 12 Jan 16 09:59:46 UTC Benjamin Thomas answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Unallayable guilt
Where would you like to live?
Wherever I am, which is more difficult to achieve the longer one lives
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To rejoice in the sacrifices of love, precisely because they hurt
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Screening out the world, acting on brute impulses
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Noriko, Aleksander, Alyosha
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Jeanne la pucelle, Kierkegaard, Socrates
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My closest friend
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Noriko, Marie, Otoku, Sandra
Your favorite painter?
Velazquez or Goya
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Empathy, moral sense, love properly understood
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Empathy, moral sense, love properly understood
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Dreaming, cinema, reading
Who would you have liked to be?
Andrei Tarkovsky, or Ozu
Your most marked characteristic?
Superficial charm
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
Pride, poor self-control
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Eternal recurrence of a selfish life
What would you like to be?
Invisible, and infinitely kind
What is your favorite color?
Black, containing all the others
What is your favorite flower?
Couldn't say— have never thought about it
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Dostoevsky, Kafka, Lydia Davis
Who are your favorite poets?
Elliot, William Carlos Williams
Who are your heroes in real life?
My closest friend, Ozu, Sirk
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Jeanne la pucelle, Chantal Akerman, Hannah Arendt
What are your favorite names?
Julien, Nur
What is it you most dislike?
Myself, for begrudging others of themselves
What historical figures do you most despise?
Theodore Roosevelt, Bibi Netanyahu
What event in military history do you most admire?
The evacuation of refugees from Saigon
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Patience and self-control
How would you like to die?
Having made right all who I've harmed
What is your present state of mind?
Worry, about posturing/preening
What is your motto?
I haven't one— it's an invitation to bad behavior

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