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?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Gibson guitars and John Varvatos menswear
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
I seldom lie
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Which living person do you most despise?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
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?
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?
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?
What do you most value in your friends?
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?
Who are your heroes in real life?
John F Kennedy, Barak Obama, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez
What are your favorite names?
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 ….