6 Sept 2020

Proust Questionnaire - 2020

In 2012, I answered the Proust Questionnaire and brought it over from my old blog. I’m taking it again.

  • What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Never needing to use Twitter again. And to be left alone.

  • What is your greatest fear?

White people.

  • What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Unbridled modesty.

  • What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Obsession with ego.

  • What is your greatest extravagance?

Music. And love.

  • What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Back-patting about virtues.

  • What is the quality you most like in a man?

Not being racist.

  • What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Not being racist.

  • Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


  • Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to play the piano.

  • What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Becoming a father.

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

Myself, as I’d miss my son.

  • Where would you most like to live?


  • What is your most treasured possession?

My music collection.

  • What is your most marked characteristic?


  • What do you most value in your friends?

Actively listening and engaging with me.

  • Who are your favourite writers?

James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Jason Okundaye, Shakeia Taylor, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Jason Kottke, Jean Baudrillard, Roland Barthes.

  • Who is your hero of fiction?

James Baldwin.

  • Which historical figure do you most identify with?


  • What is it that you most dislike?


  • What is your greatest regret?

Not getting better grades in maths at college.

  • How would you like to die?


  • What is your motto?

What would Dilla do?