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On Sat, 31 May 14 17:45:57 UTC Harold E. Leighton (40) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Misunderstanding & unchangeability. Love like soldiers, entrenched. Hate like ice.
Where would you like to live?
In a place all my own, sincerely.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Freedom of spirit. Creativity. Sunlight and paper and coffee. Love. Water. Places to travel.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Rich foods, wine, and naps with my puppy.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Cheri. Puss in Boots. The rascal hero anti-hero scoundrel. The rotten pet.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
John Donne, Galileo, Artemesia Gentileshi
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Tina Fey, my grandmother, a woman with Dot Hooper's odd sense of humor.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
The torn and healed, the pure and unpure, the comedienne in dirty shoes, the woman who has misplaced part of herself in a house or a man or a child, en medias res. Hope after the beautiful things are destroyed.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Graham Coxon
The quality you most admire in a man?
Taking Polonius's advice: to thine own self be true.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Writing, in a cosy place, without having to think of anything but my own work.
Who would you have liked to be?
A man. I love being a woman, but I think I would've liked to have balls. Actual balls.
Your most marked characteristic?
A dark, dry sense of humor.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
Belief in the goodness of other people. This is a failing. People are generally malignant assholes.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Conforming to the ideals of those around me.
What would you like to be?
Free. Free of judgment, of restraint, of debt, of everything. I want to run naked in a damn field of wildflowers and not give one fuck for anything.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Something highly scented, a creeper. A drowsy-headed rose bush, frizzled by the sun and bees. Something invading a wall or slowly cracking the weakest boards of a fence. A beautiful thing that clings, despite the environment.
What is your favorite bird?
The crow. Why can't a crow be beautiful? First, it's the encroaching on picnic space....
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Prose writers? Will Lorrie Moore count?
Who are your favorite poets?
Eh. I don't read poetry much anymore.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I don't have heroes.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
That Borga trick, the pope's daughter.
What are your favorite names?
I do not play this game well. I don't know.
What is it you most dislike?
Sloth. Artifice. Stupidity. Generally those three things bundled together with a thin veil of charity on top.
What historical figures do you most despise?
What event in military history do you most admire?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The cunning and affable ability to convince dumb people to shut up.
How would you like to die?
Rich and old, in the countryside. Dotty as an old deaf nanny goat and inexplicably happy.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
It's all true. Every bit of it. Just think on that, will you?

God , no.

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