The Proust Questionnaire is a notorious questionnaire meant to gain insight into a person’s psychological makeup. Although the writer Marcel Proust didn’t invent it, he is purported to have provided the greatest answers to it on two separate occasions, which is why it now bears his name.
The second subject to answer the Proust Questionnaire on Lost in the Funhouse is—drumroll please—Charles Blackstone.
Charles Blackstone is the author of Vintage Attraction, a novel, and the co-editor of The Art of Friction: Where (Non) Fictions Meet. His recent prose has appeared in Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fiction Writers Review, and The Millions, Currently, he serves as managing editor of bookslut.com.
Visit his website at www.charlesblackstone.com
And if you want to follow him on Twitter (you should definitely follow him on Twitter. I mean, seriously, why wouldn’t you?) his handle is @cblackstone
1.What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I’m not really a fantasist. I’m pretty okay with real life.
2.What is your greatest fear?
3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can’t like what other people like.
4.What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5.Which living person do you most admire?
6.What is your greatest extravagance?
I eat out a lot.
7.What is your current state of mind?
8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9.On what occasion do you lie?
10.What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My giant Jew nose.
11.Which living person do you most despise?
Too many to list.
12.What is the quality you most like in a man?
Giving a shit about me.
13.What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Giving a shit about me.
14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Shit. Fuck. Ostensibly.
15.What or who is the greatest love of your life?
16.When and where were you happiest?
Right now isn’t so bad.
17.Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to speak French.
18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
19.What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’ve made it this far.
20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
21.Where would you most like to live?
Here, in New York.
22.What is your most treasured possession?
23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
24.What is your favorite occupation?
People who know how to sell shit really well.
25.What is your most marked characteristic?
I don’t think I have one. You’d have to ask a marker.
26.What do you most value in your friends?
27.Who are your favorite writers?
Cheever, Carver, McInerney
28.Who is your hero of fiction?
Celeste Price from Alissa Nutting’s Tampa
29.Which historical figure do you most identify with?
30.Who are your heroes in real life?
31.What are your favorite names?
Hunter Flanagan, Peter Hapworth
32.What is it that you most dislike?
Food you have to process yourself, like peel-and-eat shrimp or shelled peanuts.
33.What is your greatest regret?
Not reading as a child.
34.How would you like to die?
35.What is your motto?
In medias res.
Click here to read The Proust Questionnaire answered by author Jacopo Della Quercia.