That's bad, bad, bad. No one wants that.
But I subscribe to Vanity Fair by choice. I love reading the liberal rants of Wolcott, et al. The antitheist sermons of Hitchens. I like to know what the enemy is thinking. I read these articles for the same reason I watch MSNBC. It strengthens my personal views, which are almost always in complete opposition to theirs. When I understand their arguments, I understand mine better.
Maybe I'm weird like that.
But there are other great articles that aren't offensive, but rather informative. Or just plain interesting. It widens my world view a little.
My most favorite though is the Proust Questionnaire on the last page of every issue answered by various celebrities and people of culture. It's the first thing I look at after ripping off the plastic and perusing the cover. It's very exciting to see who's answered that month.
Good grief, I really am a nerd.
VanityFair.com has an interactive version of the Proust Questionnaire on their website. About a year ago, my girlfriends and I tried to answer the questions. I think only one of us actually finished it. It wasn't me.
The questions seem simple. Until you try and answer them yourself. Then you realize they are hard. They make you think. And I think I over-thought them last time.
So I am going to give this another shot. I'm just going to answer as quickly as possible without too much analyzing. Here we go:
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Surrendering my will to God and being content
2. What is your greatest fear?
My children becoming ill
3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Jacob of the Old Testament
4. Which living person do you most admire?
President George H.W. Bush
5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My incessant need to worry
6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
7. What is your greatest extravagance?
Grocery shopping every day
8. On what occasion do you lie?
When I want to avoid hurting someone's feelings
9. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
10. When and where were you happiest?
The day I realized I would get to keep my babies forever
11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
12. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
That it would be a little more simple
13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Surviving these last 18 months
14. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
The next American Idol
15. What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding rings
16. What do regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Depression and addiction
17. Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents and grandparents
18. What is it that you most dislike?
Licorice and asparagus
19. How would you like to die?
20. What is your motto?
Work it out
Whew! That was fun. Now it's your turn.