Proust Questionnaire

Your favorite virtue: Empathy towards categories we do not belong to

Your favorite qualities in a man: Kindness

Your favorite qualities in a woman: Kindness

Your chief characteristic: Creativity

What you appreciate the most in your friends: Coziness and laughters

Your main fault: Understanding too late the real nature of certain things/people

Your favourite occupation: Having ideas

Your idea of happiness: The second best option would be an evening home with a nice movie and good food.

Your idea of misery: The life of an animal in an intensive farm

If not yourself, who would you be?: I’ve always thought architect is the coolest job.

Where would you like to live?: Paris in early 20th century, or London during the 1960’s.

Your favourite colours: I kind of like them all in their own way and for their own purposes. In clothes, I like wearing dark blue, dark grey and different shades of brown; in interior design, I love turquoise and red, combined with black and wood. At symbological level, I of course love green. And so forth: just pink, perhaps, I am not crazy for.

Your favourite flowers: sunflower, tulip, iris.

Your favourite animals: all of them, except human beings – a species I am not a great fan of.

Your favorite prose authors: more than favorite authors, I tend to have (many) favorite novels. I don’t know in which position exactly, but certainly Svevo’s “La coscienza di Zeno”, Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”, Stevenson’s “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde”, Hugo’s “Les miserables” and Melville’s “Moby Dick” are in the Top Ten.

Your favourite poets: Ungaretti, Shakespeare, the English romantics, and a few songwriters.

Your favourite heroes in fiction: Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Linus van Pelt, Dylan Dog (except when he deals with his lovers and becomes a total cliché), Okwe from Frears’s “Dirty Pretty Things”, Moby Dick from “Moby Dick”, Valjean from “Les miserables”.

Your favourite heroines in fiction: Mafalda, Julia Kendall (except when she gets teenage-like poetic), Rosalba from Soldini’s “Pane e Tulipani”

Your favourite painters: expressionists, surrealists, constructivists, futurists… basically anybody from early 20th century

Your favourite composers: J.S.Bach, most minimalists from USA and Lithuania, Andy Partridge, Lennon-McCartney, Ennio Morricone, Miles Davis, and again a lot from early 20th century.

Your heroes in real life: my son.

What characters in history you most dislike: dictators, religious fundamentalists, military leaders

Your heroes in World history: Leonardo Da Vinci, Mahatma Gandhi, several animal rights philosopher, the three Leakey’s angels

Your favorite food and drink: “naturally vegan” dishes (meaning those recipes that were vegan from the start, as opposed to vegan re-adaptations of non-vegan dishes: spaghetti aglio e olio, orecchiette e rape, sagne e ceci, etc.), chinotto lemonade, wheat beer, fresh ginger tea.

Your favorite names: Elmis, Leonardo, and I’m honestly happy about my own name.

What I hate the most: speciesism, superstition, bureaucracy, rich people’s arrogance, confusion between the words “fame” and “success” and between “vulgarity” and “sincerity”, the sole thought that my son could get hurt, the lack of dark humour in New Age people, whataboutism, certain grammar mistakes, “I’m not racist but” people, project applications, impoliteness, bodyshamers and people who monitor my weight.

The military event I admire the most: none. But I can instead choose the pacifist events I admire the most: the “Truth and Reconciliation” process in South Africa, Gandhi’s strategy for Indian independence, Denmark’s reaction to Nazi occupation, the whole concept of “appropriate technologies”.

The reform I admire the most: any that went in the direction of more tolerance and respect for life (abolition of slavery, laws in support of female emancipation, granting personhood to great apes, etc.)

The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with: methodicalness and being able to understand more quickly whether or not something/someone is worthwhile to be pursued/taken care of.

How I wish to die: crucified at 33 (too late), or shot by a fanatic at 40 (too late), or forced to drink hemlock at 71 (my last hope). More seriously, and to be perfectly honest, I think I would love to die by heart attack while having sex: it would be a guarantee that I die happy.

What is your present state of mind? Not inclined to work, apparently, since I’m wasting time with this questionnaire.

For what fault have you most toleration? Over-eating, by far.

Your favorite motto: “First they ignore you then they laugh at you then they fight you then you win” (Gandhi); “non nobis solum, sed toti mundo nati” (attributed to Cicero).