Samara O'Shea

The Proust Questionnaire

Each month, the last page of Vanity Fair is dedicated to having a different celebrity answer The Proust Questionnaire. I have enjoyed (and occasionally rolled my eyes) at the answers many times. I’ve gone so far as to wonder what my answers would be. I wonder no more! Since VF will probably not be calling me any time soon, I have given myself The Proust Questionnaire. I recommend you do it, too. It’s an insightful “getting-to-know-me” exercise.

What is your current state of mind?
Ever hopeful

Which living person do you admire most?
Gloria Steinem

What is your greatest fear?
Not reaching my full potential

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I’m too quick to judge

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your greatest extravagance?
I take insanely long showers

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Which living person do you despise?
I try not to despise, but there are a few celebrities under the age of twenty-five who really rub me the wrong way

Which talent would most like to have?
The ability to be invisible

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’d live in the present moment at all times and in all places

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I look forward to achieving it

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
A conversation with someone who is telling me what he/she thinks I want to hear

What is your favorite occupation?

What do you most value in your friends?
Their honesty

Who are your favorite writers?
Toni Morrison and Anne Lamott

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Eowyn from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

How would you like to die?
In a small African village surrounded by the children I’ve taught

What is your motto?
C’est la vie