|Proust Questionnaire: A Peachy-Keen Idea|
Vanity Fair has a decided edge on the Putterer in this tradition. Its famous last-page interview of luminaries has been long-celebrated, and I admit to shameless borrowing.
But then again, it's really Marcel Proust we should all thank for this.
And speaking of shamelessness, and for those reading this who are unfamiliar with the tradition, I lifted this directly from this Proust Questionnaire site:
The young Marcel Proust was asked to fill out questionnaires at two social events: one when he was 13, another when he was 20. Proust did not invent this party game; he was simply the most extraordinary person to respond to them. At the birthday party of Antoinette Felix-Faure, the 13-year-old Marcel was asked to answer fifteen questions in the birthday book. Seven years after the first questionnaire, Proust was asked, at another social event, to fill out another; the questions are much the same, but the answers somewhat different, indicative of his traits at 20.Proust Interviews of random individuals are now being captured and preserved for posterity at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Mine is a less ambitious project. On a good day, the Putterer's readership is somewhere around 17 page views—a circulation limited to friends and family, so for anyone feeling shy, no worries, few will ever find you here. Send me your answers in a comment below. Or contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Putterer
Proust Questionnaire for Gardeners
As a gardener, what do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Other than the state of Maryland, where would you most like to live?
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite environmental or botanical heroes?
Who are your favorite gardeners in history?
Who are your favorite heroes or heroines of fiction?
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Your favorite tool?
The quality you most admire in a gardener?
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your garden?
What is your principle gardening defect?
What is your dream of happiness?