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On Sat, 12 Sep 2009 22:30:39 UTC asmitchel (67) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
to see a wrong and be unable to right it
Where would you like to live?
satisfied with where I am
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
to be near my grandchildren, my books, my kayak, extended sex
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
mental masturbation about social problems I cannot fix
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Ernie Levy, Stingo. Julien Sorel, Paul Morel
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Jefferson, Nelson, FDR
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
my therapist, Marianne Wright Edelman, Hillary Clinton
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Jane Eyre, Sophie Z, Little Dorrit, Madame Bovary
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Bach, Beethoven, Glenn Gould, Francoise Hardy
The quality you most admire in a man?
intelligence and a good heart
The quality you most admire in a woman?
intelligence and a good heart
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
reading Emily Dickinson, writing, kayaking
Who would you have liked to be?
a person who makes a difference
Your most marked characteristic?
sense of humor
What do you most value in your friends?
loyalty, openness to new ideas, acceptance of others
What is your principle defect?
impatient with intolerant people
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
the untimely death of my children and my grandchildren
What would you like to be?
happy with who I am
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
the Cardinal
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Andre Schwarz-Bart, D.H. Lawrence, Styron, Stendahl
Who are your favorite poets?
Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Elizabeth I
What are your favorite names?
Elaine, Ben, Linda, Aaron, Robin
What is it you most dislike?
arrogance and close mindedness
What historical figures do you most despise?
Hitler, Stalin, Joe McCarthy, George W. Bush
What event in military history do you most admire?
The Battle of Trafalgar
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
intelligence and the talent to play a musical instrument
How would you like to die?
in my sleep or surrounded by family, friends and lovers (see Remy Girard)
What is your present state of mind?
at peace
What is your motto?
Those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.

67 year old left wing liberal, pseudo autodidact, passionate about politics, art and women

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