The Proust Questionnaire

  • When: This Saturday, April 13, 2013  11am - 6pm 
  • Where: P.S. 9, 80 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn

This Saturday, the Prospect Heights Craft Fair is featuring a multitude of artists from our very own team. Go team! To give a shout out, and to get to know them better, I took it upon myself to send out a questionnaire inspired by Marcel Proust.

As our friend Wikipedia explains, The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one's personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.

At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure, entitled "An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc." At that time, it was popular among English families to answer such a list of questions that revealed the tastes and aspirations of the taker.

Dina, from Bugged Out,, you're up first! Reveal your exquisite tastes and transcendent aspirations, please!

Your favorite virtue. Selflessness.

Your favorite qualities in a man or woman. Creativity.

Your chief characteristic. I am colorful.

What you appreciate the most in your friends. Selflessness.

Your main fault. I am too kind.

Your favourite occupation. Creating art.

Your idea of happiness. Chilling and helping others.

Your idea of misery. Suffering from an illness.

If not yourself, who would you be? A stylist.

Where would you like to live? Paris or Berlin.

Your favourite colour and flower. Magenta, Daisy.

Your favorite food and drink. Pasta, Lemonade

What is your present state of mind. Happy

For what fault have you most toleration? Procrastination.

Your favorite motto. Don't worry be happy

The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with ...Small talker

How I wish to die ...Peacefully

Thanks, Dina. I too wish I was better with the small talk. I have to say, your kind-hardheartedness comes through, regardless.  I guess not everyone wants to contemplate life itself all the time. Who knew? :)

Rosi, from HANKY BLANKY,, also was kind enough to respond and reveal to us her awesome balanced perspective and generosity:

Your favorite virtue. Honesty

Your favorite qualities in a man or woman. Sincerity

Your chief characteristic. High Energy

What you appreciate the most in your friends. Compassion

Your main fault. Impatience

Your favourite occupation. Gardening

Your idea of happiness. Toes in the sand

Your idea of misery. Arthritis

If not yourself, who would you be? Tina Fey 

Where would you like to live?  A Caribbean Island

Your favourite colour and flower. Red, Dahlias

Your favorite food and drink. Fresh grilled Fish & Viogner

What is your present state of mind. Anticipation

For what fault have you most toleration? Worry

Your favorite motto.  Imagine.....

The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with. Wit

How I wish to die.  In my sleep.

I just have to say, I am so glad to hear you say these things, Rosi. Many of us very sincere and otherwise honest, worrying, and occasionally witty freaker-outers are not that well tolerated by most in the world. We appreciate your support! ;)

Last, but never least, is Deborah, from Deborah Julian, She closes this post out with her wonderfully thoughtful, funny and detailed answers. Take us out, Deborah!

Your favorite virtue. Honesty

Your favorite qualities in a man or woman. Kindness

Your chief characteristic. The ability to follow through and get things done.

What you appreciate the most in your friends. That they truly listen when we have conversations.

Your main fault. I worry too much.

Your favourite occupation. Being able to travel and explore new places.

Your idea of happiness. Doing creative work that I love, surrounded by people and animals that I love.

Your idea of misery. Working a job that I hate.

If not yourself, who would you be? I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be someone who has not taken on responsibilities and can travel freely without concern.

Where would you like to live? Rome

Your favourite colour and flower. Blue. Iris.

Your favorite food and drink. Pizza and Wine

What is your present state of mind. Eager to move on new ideas.

For what fault have you most toleration? Forgetfulness

Your favorite motto. Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death. (From the movie Auntie Mame)

The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with. artistic talent

How I wish to die. at a very old age, surrounded by those I love

So there it is, a small glimpse into a few of our wonderful teammates. And a big thanks to Deborah, for the great reminder that the least we can all do is avoid being one of the suckers!

And thanks again to all of the gals who took the time to answer and let us into their hearts and minds. Take care, good luck and happy sales this weekend.

And a great weekend to everybody as well. Spring has sprung! Let the season begin!

Melissa from Prairiefunk