Proust Questionnaire with Paul Theroux

Your favorite virtue. Generosity

Your favorite qualities in a man. That he is witty, reliable, good hearted, confident 

Your favorite qualities in a woman. That she is witty, reliable, good hearted, confident

Your chief characteristic.Watchfulness

What you appreciate the most in your friends. Kindness

Your main fault. I tend to over explain, assuming that people seldom listen

Your favorite occupation.Writing

Your idea of happiness. Heading down the open road to a place I’ve never been

Your idea of misery. The human voice, endlessly chuntering, at an unwelcome time 

If not yourself, who would you be? A designated hitter on a winning baseball team

Where would you like to live? Where I live now, Hawaii and Cape Cod

Your favorite color and flower. Green, Asiatic Day Lilies

Your favorite prose authors. Far too many to mention in this short space – perhaps fifty of them

Your favorite poets. John Donne, Wallace Stevens, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Browne (Urn Burial), Charles Baudelaire, Philip Larkin and many others

Your favorite heroes in fiction. Huck Finn, Captain Ahab, Mr Kurtz (Heart Of Darkness), Mohun Biswas (A House For Mr Biswas0 Charles Pooter (Diary Of A Nobody), Tolstoy’s Ivan Illych, and many others

Your favorite heroines in fiction. Fanny Hill, Ellen Roxburgh (In Patrick White’s Fringe of Leaves), Mattie Ross (In True Grit), Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina, Lolita

Your favorite painters and composers. J M W Turner, Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Paul Gauguin, H Bosch, J E Liotard

Composers: Mozart, Philip Glass, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, J S Bach

Leisure Pleasures


Godfather, Part 1 & 2

This is Spinal Tap


The Revenant

Breathless with Jean-Paul Belmondo

The Big Lebowski




Into a small boat

Into a book

Into a long walk


Books for travel, art, discovery

Art: Looking At Pictures by Sir Kenneth Clark

Travel: The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Discovery: Che Guevara by Jon Lee Anderson


Marlon Brando

Sean Penn

Michelle Pfeiffer

Rachel McAdam


Haruki Murakami

Jonathan Raban

Emily Praeger


Chicago Art Institute

Tate Gallery, London

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Farnsworth, Maine

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston