Answering the Proust Questionnaire

Since it's Marcel Proust's birthday, here are my answers to the Proust Questionnaire. You can read more about the origins of the questionnaire at Brain Pickings (and read Bowie's answers, too!) at this link. You can see the full list of Vanity Fair's questions at this link

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Unhurriedly browsing in a book or music shop.

Which talent would you most like to have? 
Piano virtuoso.

What is your greatest extravagance? 
Criterion Collection DVDs.

What is your greatest fear? 
Diminished capacity.

What historical figure do you most identify with? 
Edward VIII.

Which living person do you most admire? 
Suzanne Somers.

Who are your heroes in real life? 
Readers.

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

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

What is your favorite journey? 
A Piccadilly Line train from Heathrow to Central London.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? 
Chastity.

Which word or phrases do you most overuse? 
"Brilliant," "motherfucker".

Who is your hero of fiction? 
T.S. Garp.

What is your current state of mind? 
New York.

What is your most treasured possession? 
A signed copy of Anne Sexton's The Book of Folly.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? 
Trump's presidency.

Where would you like to live? 
Along the Regent's or Grand Union Canals in London.

What is your favorite occupation? 
Masturbation.

What is the quality you most like in a man? 
The ability to show affection.

How would you like to die? 
With my boots off.

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