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On Mon, 29 Feb 16 22:34:25 UTC Brian (37) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
NYC, where I already live.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Reading on a comfortable couch with my wife next to me.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Obsession with details, obsession with collecting certain things
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Tough, worldly people who still (sometimes against their will) remain compassionate.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Those who brought about positive change, plus the geniuses in various fields.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Intelligent, talented, efficient women who are excellent at what they do.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Tough, worldly people who still (sometimes against their will) remain compassionate.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Nick Cave
The quality you most admire in a man?
Sense of humor
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Sense of humor
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
A Surrealist in the time of the original Surrealism movement.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
A short temper.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Being homeless or blind or both.
What would you like to be?
An author.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Cormac McCarthy, Nicholson Baker, Andrew Vachss, Stephen King
Who are your favorite poets?
Yosef Komunyakaa, e.e. cummings, Yeats, Auden
Who are your heroes in real life?
Andrew Vachss, people fighting for equality
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Jane Austen, Alice Vachss
What are your favorite names?
Brian, or simply my last name
What is it you most dislike?
Tardiness and egotism
What historical figures do you most despise?
Racists, bigots, bullies, those who would impede others' life decisions and growth
What event in military history do you most admire?
Freeing of the prisoners in WWII concentration camps
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
Quietly, peacefully, many years from now.
What is your present state of mind?
Trepidation about events soon to come.
What is your motto?
Treat others with respect and be places on time, always.

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