Yr. humble correspondent, dissected

April 6, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

I’ve never been much of a self-promoter. I’ve always felt a bit dirty crowing about my (admittedly rather dubious) achievements, and remain suspicious of Norman Mailer–type advertisements for myself. People often ask why I don’t write more personal posts on the blog and my answer is that the activity of blogging is narcissistic enough without my going into boring details about my personal life. (Anyone who really wants to hear about the petty aggravations of my day or what I had for breakfast is more than welcome to follow me on Twitter.)

Still, the good folks over at Open Book: Toronto asked me to fill out their “Proust Questionnaire,” which was a personality survey popular with the French society of Proust’s time. According to Open Book, “The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent’s ‘true’ personality.”

Here’s a sample:

Who are your favourite prose authors?
Philip Roth, Flannery O’Connor, Mary Gaitskill, Haruki Murakami

Who are your favourite poets?
T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Anne Sexton, Ken Babstock

Who are your favourite heroes in fiction?
Hazel Motes, Raskolnikov, John Self (None of whom is particularly heroic, but what are you going to do?)

Who are your heroes in real life?
Steve Earle, Martin Luther King, my brother.

Who is your favourite painter?
Jackson Pollack.

Who is your favourite musician?
Tom Waits.

What is your favourite food?
Nothing beats a hot dog from a roadside cart.

What is your favourite drink?
Lagavulin 16-year-old single malt scotch.

For the rest, hop on over to Open Book. Once you’ve read the whole thing, you’ll know more about me than you ever wanted to. And I swear that all of my answers are 100% true. Trust me.


2 Responses to “Yr. humble correspondent, dissected”
  1. Rebecca says:

    John Self–yes!!

  2. Alex says:

    Picture caption: “Would you buy a lakefront condo from this man?”