My Proust Questionnaire

9 Jul


The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.

1.What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    A peaceful, quiet place to live, within walking distance of a museum

2.What is your greatest fear?

   You mean other than death? Penury

3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


4.What is the trait you most deplore in others?


5.Which living person do you most admire?

   Those saints who look after old people and really care about them

6.What is your greatest extravagance?

      Books and earrings

7.What is your current state of mind?


8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


9.On what occasion do you lie?

      When I don’t want to visit someone

10.What do you most dislike about your appearance?

     My legs–that’s where all my weight is, and they’re too short

11.Which living person do you most despise?

    President of the NRA

12.What is the quality you most like in a man?


13.What is the quality you most like in a woman?


14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


15.What or who is the greatest love of your life?

    Anybody who knows me knows who that is!

16.When and where were you happiest?

    When the Dodgers won the World Series with Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale pitching. I was 13.

17.Which talent would you most like to have?

     Painting like Mary Cassatt

18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

     I wish I had a better sense of rhythm and could dance

19.What do you consider your greatest achievement?

     Learning another language

20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

     A revolutionary like Rosa Luxemburg, but with a more positive outcome

21.Where would you most like to live?

        Half of the year in Vienna, half of the year in Santa Barbara, CA

22.What is your most treasured possession?

        My great aunt’s hand-painted vase from 1916

23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

         Not being sober

24.What is your favorite occupation?

        Going to art museums

25.What is your most marked characteristic?


3 Responses to “My Proust Questionnaire”

  1. Jonathan Gluckman July 9, 2016 at 1:59 am #

    So…do you want to visit us?

    • Erika A Esau July 9, 2016 at 2:03 am #

      Are you around? Call us! We’d love to come and see you!

  2. Erika A Esau July 9, 2016 at 2:03 am #

    I’m not always misanthropic!

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