Standing exhibit

The first thing you need to know about the Proust Questionnaire is that the questions were not actually written by Proust: it was, rather, the set of answers posted by Proust in a friend’s confession album, circa 1890. The book turned up in 1924, and sold at auction in 2003 for €102,000. Vanity Fair puts out a version, answered by a celebrity, on the back page of each issue. (For the August 2014 issue, it’s Maureen O’Hara, who turns 94 that month.)

Lynn took a stab at the current question list, and while she characterized it as “the makings of a really lame blog post,” well, if you’re good at it, you can make a really lame blog post out of almost anything, as I have done here. Fillyjonk is okay with that idea as well.

Moi? I did a slightly different set of questions, derived from this article, in Vent #303, back in 2002. I read it over last night, and decided I wouldn’t change a thing.


  1. Roger Green »

    16 July 2014 · 3:45 pm

    I can lame blog with the rest of you folk! OK, sometime in August, probably.

  2. Mark Alger »

    17 July 2014 · 11:17 pm

    I’ve always thought the Proust questionnaire most amusing, especially when one answers all the questions with a single, impertinent word. Mine is orgasm.


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