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On Wed, 06 Jan 2010 19:18:22 UTC T. Christopher Cox (43) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be unloved
Where would you like to live?
The French Riviera, Washington D.C., London or about a block away from my home, on Monument Ave.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be with my wife, to have the love of my children, reading and pursuing the art of living well.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
In myself? Vanity. In others? Pretentiousness.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Jake Barnes, Jeeves & Wooster, James Bond, Tom Ripley, Richard Sharpe, Charles Ryder, Nick Charles...
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Gerald and Sara Murphy, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Cary Grant, William Powell, Fred Astaire, Richard Merkin, the Duke of Windsor...
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My wife, Dorothy Parker, Edith Sitwell, Audrey Hepburn, Sara Murphy, Julia Child, Twyla Tharp ...
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Nora Charles, Lucy Honeychurch, Evelyn Carnahan, Lady Brett Ashley, Mrs. Emma Peel, Justine (Durrell), Catherine Banning
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Bill Evans, Joao Gilberto, Cole Porter
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, honour, elegance
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, dignity, elegance, adventurousness
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, writing, travelling with my wife
Who would you have liked to be?
F. Scott? Evelyn Waugh? Plimpton? W.F. Buckley? Cary Grant.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, charm, light-heartedness, intelligence
What is your principle defect?
Intemperance, loyalty
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To be orphaned and homeless.
What would you like to be?
The ideal version of myself that I see in my mind.
What is your favorite color?
Perhaps red
What is your favorite flower?
Calla Lily, Sunflower
What is your favorite bird?
The duck?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wodehouse, Waugh, Tom Wolfe
Who are your favorite poets?
Baudelaire, Kipling?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Sara and Gerald Murphy, Alan Flusser, Ralph Lauren, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Cary Grant, Elliott, Fred & Elsa Woodaman, Matt Shoeffling
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother),
What are your favorite names?
Alexander, Josephine, Elsa
What is it you most dislike?
Slovenliness, spitefulness, treachery, dishonour
What historical figures do you most despise?
Adolf Hitler, Usama Bin Laden
What event in military history do you most admire?
Armistice Day, V-E Day, V-J Day, Thermopylae, Yorktown,
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Incredible intelligence, irresistible charm, confidence and endurance
How would you like to die?
Unknowingly, before my wife and children.
What is your present state of mind?
Agitated. I should be doing something else.
What is your motto?
Do as little damage as possible. Be kind. Dress better than you have to.


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