Proust Questionnaire

Updated: May 14


Vanity Fair has always been one of my favorite magazines with it’s collection of brilliant writers and photographers. At the end of every issue is the Proust Questionnaire, Lindsay dared me to do it, so here it is:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Creating in any medium, new love, old friends


What is your greatest fear?

Being late


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Deploring myself


What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Lateness


Which living person do you most admire?

Lindsay Malachowski


What is your greatest extravagance?

Gibson guitars and John Varvatos menswear


What is your current state of mind?

Cautiously hopeful

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Temperance


On what occasion do you lie?

I seldom lie

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What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My appearance


Which living person do you most despise?

Donald Trump


What is the quality you most like in a man?

Loyalty

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Truth

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Dude!


What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Words and music and my daughter

When and where were you happiest?

Christmas Day December 2019 in Honolulu, January 8th, 1985 in Salem,


Which talent would you most like to have?

Singing better


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

My tendency to talk over people


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Not dying


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

My daughter’s dog Edie


Where would you most like to live?

London, Joshua Tree, New York City, anywhere in California or Hawaii


What is your most treasured possession?

My 1961 Gibson Les Paul


What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery?

That time I spent 3 weeks in Harlem Hospital following a botched medical procedure.


What is your favorite occupation?

Playing the guitar, writing, producing


What is your most marked characteristic?

Eternal optimism


What do you most value in your friends?

Willingness


Who are your favorite writers?

Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemmingway, Bob Dylan, Emmet Fox


Who is your hero of fiction?

Sal Paradise, Dorothy Gale, Bill Horton, Roger Davis


Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Robert Johnson


Who are your heroes in real life?

John F Kennedy, Barak Obama, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez


What are your favorite names?

Lindsay


What is it that you most dislike?

Donald Trump supporters/enablers

What is your greatest regret?

Wasting precious time under the influence of drugs and alcohol, clouding and veiling my actual experiences.

How would you like to die?

When I’m done


What is your favorite journey?

Crossing the Hudson on the George Washington Bridge in route to the West Side Highway, biking the perimeter of Stanley Park, biking the Central Park loop, Rt. 212 into Woodstock, traveling too fast on the Autobahn, riding slowly along Rt 6 into Provincetown

What is your motto?

Something really amazing is right around the corner ….

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