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On Mon, 23 Jun 14 18:45:54 UTC Coco (31) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To feel everything I do is a shot in the dark unheard
Where would you like to live?
In community with like-minded
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
A perfect day, to write and paint, hug and play with my children, get drunk, laugh, get kissed and held, and sleep holding my cat
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
to those who over give of themselves
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
If Henry Miller and Anais Nin had a literary baby, she would be it
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Shakespeare, Mary Wollstonecraft, Colette, Henry Miller, Frida Kahlo, Giovanni Boccaccio
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Those who answer the call of individuality and independence and responsibility to their own definition
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Complex characters who contradict themselves and change over the course of a novel, unswayed by outer circumstance or opinion
Your favorite painter?
Kiki Smith
Your favorite musician?
Joni Mitchell
The quality you most admire in a man?
responsibility, kindness, humanity
The quality you most admire in a woman?
strength,humor, open-mindedness
Your favorite virtue?
strength of character that provides flexibility
Your favorite occupation?
reading, walking in the country, laughing over good food with friends
Who would you have liked to be?
Just myself
Your most marked characteristic?
Determination, some might call it stubbornness, to reach my goals
What do you most value in your friends?
humor and openness
What is your principle defect?
to see the potential good in others and mistake it for an integrated quality
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To have stayed married to that man
What would you like to be?
a respected writer and artist
What is your favorite color?
it changes, currently orange, often in the harmony between colors such as brown and blue
What is your favorite flower?
rococo tulips, bluebells, tiger lilies
What is your favorite bird?
the vulture
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Currently, George R. R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip K. Dick, writers I return to are always Henry Miller, Farley Mowat and John Irving
Who are your favorite poets?
Edna St. Vincent Millay and Allen Ginsberg
Who are your heroes in real life?
Amanda De Cadenet, Sofia Coppola, Lisa Bonet (women who work in the arts and have transcended limits imposed on them)
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Marijas Gimbutas, Frida Kahlo, Colette, Vandana Shiva, Christine De Pizan
What are your favorite names?
soft rolling rhyming names
What is it you most dislike?
dishonesty for its own sake, mean-spiritedness, crudeness, loudness
What historical figures do you most despise?
it's in the past, I can be horrified by the past but to despise something takes too much energy
What event in military history do you most admire?
I do not know enough about military campaigns to answer this. All I can think of is the incredible loss
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
boundless energy and a thicker skin
How would you like to die?
after a full life still in good health, with acceptance
What is your present state of mind?
self-scolding for having answered this instead of writing
What is your motto?
just keep going

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