Inspired by today’s post on Facebook about Allen Ginsberg’s Proust Questionnaire responses, I decided to answer it myself. Originally created by the writer Marcel Proust, there have been many iterations of it through the years. I chose to use the version cited in the Allen Ginsberg post.
JM’s Proust Questionnaire 2014
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
JM: Being completely immersed in the sonic bliss of an epic SWANS concert.
What is your most marked characteristic?
JM: Awareness of all things involving culture
What is your greatest extravagance?
JM: Concert going, music collecting
What is your favorite occupation?
JM: Archiving things (documents, photos, etc.)
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
JM: Cruelty, arrogance, lack of empathy
What is your greatest regret?
JM: Self-sabotaging myself creatively.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
JM: I’d travel more.
Which living person do you most despise?
JM: That’s a hard one: I’d say 99.999% of the Republican party.
On what occasion do you lie?
JM: Pretending to like things that I really hate (“Yeah, Kim Kardashian is so smart.” “Yeah, I think Madonna is still relevant.”)
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
JM: Monetary wealth.
What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery?
JM: Lacking compassion
What is the quality you most like in a man?
JM: Creativity, beautiful eyes, mild to moderate hairiness
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
JM: Intelligence and humanity
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Harriet Welsch (from Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy)
Who are your heroes in real life?
Sonic: Bjork, Mika Vainio, Michael Gira; Political: Elizabeth Warren; Cinematic: Tilda Swinton, Derek Jarman
What is your favorite journey?
JM: London 2004, seeing Throbbing Gristle, 6 months before Coil’s Jhonn Balance died
Where would you like to live?
JM: Reykjavik, Iceland
How would you like to die?
JM: Having Bjork at my bedside singing a lullaby.
What is your motto?
JM: Be kind. Rewind.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
JM: Source of inspiration for someone’s work of art
What is it that you most dislike?
JM: The complete hypocrisy of Christianity, terrorism in the name of religion
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
JM: “You know what I mean”
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It’s the day of Obama’s second Presidential Inauguration! As Obama took the oath of office for his second term, the country came together as one and…
Oh wait, lmao, silly me. That didn’t happen. Instead here’s a collection of people who either fantasized or outright threatened President Barack Obama’s assassination (and note: I only picked tweets that fell right before, during, or immediately after the Inauguration itself!) …
Wow. The internet trolls are out in full force today threatening our President. I’m trying to remember the number of times liberals went online and wished Bush Jr was assassinated during his presidency. Oh wait, that’s right. ZERO. Humanity can definitely be gross and despicable sometimes.