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And now, the Proust questionnaire
   Since the tv meme put me in the narcissistic mind-frame, the Proust Questionnaire:

What is your most marked characteristic?

Loquacity; or, negatively, talkativeness

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?


What do you most value in your friends?

The ability to assess people & events with clarity, depth & nuance

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Incapacity for completion

What is your favorite occupation?

Writing with  pen on paper

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Pale skin, dark hair, coupled to unhesitating & inerrant taste

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

To be misplaced in time, language, country

In which country would you like to live?

The Loire Valley

Who are your favorite writers?

Henry James, Amélie Nothomb, Françoise Mallet-Joris

Who are your favorite poets?

William Blake, Marina Tsvestaeva

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Frodo Baggins

Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?

Dorothea Brooke of "Middlemarch"

Who are your favorite composers?

Schumann, Shostakovich, Wagner

Who are your favorite painters?

Cézanne, Corot, Philippe de Champaigne

What are your favorite names?

Jocelyn, Marcel, Isabelle

What is it that you most dislike?


Which talent would you most like to have?

To sing lieder & opera

How would you like to die?

With the window open on cool, sunny May afternoon

What is your current state of mind?

Surprised & pleased

What is your motto?

I not only follow you, I precede you (Oscar Wilde)


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A further remark on ideology: Ideology must render the questioned & questionable social rules invisible -- it must make things appear to be the natural state. And when girls today are taught to be "aggressive", what they're actually being taught is to be aggressive in the same socially inappropriate manner that boys are taught -- this isn't equality, or the teaching of equality, but the re-inforcement of inequality, by teaching girls how-to-be-boys, instead of bringing out the fact that males are the primary target of the instruction how-to-be-boys, with females the indirect (but ultimate) targets of the instruction. Feeding the same junk food to boys & girls could be said to be a way of feeding them equally well, but it's a way of feeding them equally poorly. The idea is to feed both well.

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