Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Candid, Hilarious, and Fascinating

If you ever make it to the back page of Vanity Fair, you're probably familiar with the "Proust questionnaire."

We recently acquired a compilation of these illuminating VF interviews:

Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life.

Simply put, it's a hoot.

One of my favorite respondents is artist Tom Waits (November, 2004):

On what occasion do you lie?
Who needs an occasion?

Which talent would you most like to have?
Being able to fix the truck.

What is your favorite occupation?
Blacksmith, ventriloquist, magician, jockey, train conductor, tree surgeon, and lion tamer.

What do you most value in your friends?
Jumper cables and a tow chain.

How would you like to die?
I don't think I would like it very much at all.
An archive of questionnaires can be found on VF's site.

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