The Questionnaire

In the spirit of procrastination, one of my favorite hobbies, I came across some footage of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”, a great show on Bravo hosted by James Lipton, in which he interviews all the greatest actors. You should look up some videos. Anyway, it reminded me of the great questionnaire that comes at the end, right before students get to ask questions. This questionnaire was invented by Marcel Proust and then propagated through Bernard Pivot and his shows on french television, “Apostrophe” and “Bouillon de Culture”. It’s a series of ten questions to answer spontaneously, and I’d like to try it. If you have a website as well, please pass this on. If you don’t, at least try to think what your answers would be. It’s not that easy if you don’t have the time to think about them.

What is your favorite word?


What is your least favorite word?


What turns you on? (In the sense of: what excites or inspires you)


What turns you off?


What sound or noise do you love?

The BF’s voice.

What sound or noise do you hate?

The cacophony around me.

What is your favorite curse word?

Bollocks. Because it’s harmless, and for once it’s not something female being used to denigrate.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I never thought I’d say this, but: writer. Or zoo keeper.

What profession other than your own would you not like to participate in?


If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

You did well.

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