Monday, August 30, 2010
The Proust Questionnaire Portraits
What is your greatest regret? On what occasion do you lie? In an excerpt from the magazine’s latest hardcover effort, Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, 10 of our age’s most recognizable luminaries submit to Marcel Proust’s favorite parlor game. Plus: Answer your own Proust Questionnaire using your Facebook account.
Illustrations by Risko.
What is your greatest fear?
Converting kilometers to miles.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A seagull—graceful in flight, rapacious in appetite.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Nothing about me, everything about others.
EDWARD M. KENNEDY
On what occasion do you lie?
When I tell each of my sisters that she’s the prettiest of them all.
What is your motto?
“God helps those who help themselves.”
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I. Tremendous. Stupid. Idiot. Dream.
Which living person do you most despise?
The Bluetooth-wearing S.U.V. driver who idles in front of my building.
How would you like to die?
On what occasions do you lie?
I probably lie constantly, if the definition of lying includes white lies, social lies, lies to ease a situation or make someone feel better.…
What is your greatest regret?
Not learning to read music. However, Juilliard is still on my mind! I’ve come within two blocks of the building, and my schedule would not allow for me to enroll at the time.
Buy it here (and support LOTD):
To be fair, it can't be easy creating a commercial for a razor that allows women to shave where the sun don't shine. But using landscaping — namely waist-high topiaries — might not have been the most subtle metaphor. The U.K. version even features a catchy jingle about "mowing the lawn." (Lyrics include "Feeling rough around the edges? It's time to trim the hedges!")
(See the rest at Time.com)