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On Thu, 03 Sep 2009 03:23:02 UTC Vincent (19) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The lowest depth of misery would be a life of mediocrity and sub-par intelligence constantly surrounded by people
Where would you like to live?
I'd like to live in Seattle, or in the mountains outside of Seattle, or Canada, or France.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
A small apartment with a well-stocked fridge, a dog, a bookshelf, a desk, and ample reading and writing time.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Lazy stupidity
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Ivan Karamzaov, Dr Percival Ulysses Cox, and of course the Green Lantern
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Friedrich Nietzsche, Bob Dylan, Diogenes the Cynic
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mother, of course
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Your favorite painter?
Vincent Van Gogh, even though I'm not all that fond of his actual paintings, his life is very insteresting.
Your favorite musician?
Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, and Tom Waits
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, willpower, individuality
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, willpower, individuality
Your favorite virtue?
Intelligence, willpower, individuality
Your favorite occupation?
Writing, reading, asking questions
Who would you have liked to be?
Henry David Thoreau
Your most marked characteristic?
A strong, well-honed and distinct hatred for mankind
What do you most value in your friends?
Intelligence, willpower, individuality
What is your principle defect?
Stupidity, weakness, and laziness
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To look in the mirror in 20 years and see a failure
What would you like to be?
The perfect image of myself
What is your favorite color?
Jet black
What is your favorite flower?
I can't say that I have one, but I do appreciate the beauty of flowers
What is your favorite bird?
I've always been partial to hawks
Who are your favorite prose writers?
CĂ©line, Proust, Dostoevsky, Sartre, Kerouac, Henry Miller, John Fante, Knut Hamsun...
Who are your favorite poets?
Arthur Rimbaud, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas, Rainer Maria Rilke
Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad...and Nietzsche
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Elizabeth Bathory is horribly, horribly interesting in so many ways...But I wouldn't really call her a heroine
What are your favorite names?
What is it you most dislike?
Human nature
What historical figures do you most despise?
Hitler, Stalin, every pope ever, Nixon, Ayn Rand, whoever invented singing cards
What event in military history do you most admire?
World War II is really hard to ignore for all it's maginitude and brutality...Few other events in history so perfectly capture the essence of human nature.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I've always wished that I was braver and better speaker
How would you like to die?
What is your present state of mind?
Somewhat tired and contemplative
What is your motto?
A harsh truth is kinder than a pleasant deception.

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