Questionnaire For Fire

(Courtesy of Milo George)

–What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

America’s Next Top Model

–Where would you like to live?

I wish I could just stay here in Verdun.

–What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Just being here is pretty good.

–To what faults do you feel most indulgent?


–Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Miles Coverdale, Pierre Glendinning, Eugene Gant, the Continental Op, Peter Parker, Buddy Baker, Mr. Pickwick, Linus Van Pelt, Syd Orr.

–Who are your favorite characters in history?

Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodore Parker, Frederick Douglass, Wendell Phillips, Charles Sumner, Eugene Debs

–Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

Anne Hutchinson, Margaret Fuller, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn, Kathleen Hanna, Corin Tucker.

–Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Dorothea Brooke, Hester Prynne, Milly Theale, MJ Watson, Lucy Van Pelt.

–Your favorite painter?

Edward Hopper

–Your favorite musician?

Well, my favourite band is Sleater-Kinney.

–The quality you most admire in a man?

bemused compassion

–The quality you most admire in a woman?


–Your favorite virtue?

compassion again

–Your favorite occupation?


–Who would you have liked to be?

nobody else but me

–Your most marked characteristic?

inability to forget anything

–What do you most value in your friends?

the way they make me feel

–What is your principle defect?

My inability to progress (I’m attempting to turn that into a virtue)

–What is your dream of happiness?

cats with much longer life spans, free access to Cracklin’ Oat Bran

–What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

if human callousness cannot be eliminated

–What would you like to be?

maximally aware

–In what country would you like to live?

again–wish I could stay right here, but Rome beckons, and that’ll be interesting too…

–What is your favorite color?


–What is your favorite flower?


–What is your favorite bird?


–Who are your favorite prose writers?

Hawthorne, Hammett, Jean Toomer, Thomas Wolfe, Sherwood Anderson, Hemingway, Dickens, Henry James, Stephen Vincent Benet, Dawn Powell, Paul Auster, Robert Benchley

–Who are your favorite poets?

Frank O’Hara, Keats, Shelley, Coleridge, Emily Dickinson.

–Who are your heroes in real life?

I don’t have any heroes–oh, maybe Frank Capra, just because there’s no question about filmmakers…

–What are your favorite names?

Jefty, Pyewacket, Dashiell

–What is it you most dislike?

the food chain

–What historical figures do you most despise?

Machiavelli, Robespierre, Andrew Jackson, Pope Pius IX, Hitler, Stalin

–What event in military history do you most admire?


–What reform do you most admire?

the advent of rights discourse

–What natural gift would you most like to possess?

the ability to get by on 1 hour’s sleep a night.

–How would you like to die?

Is that some kinda threat?

–What is your present state of mind?


–What is your motto?

“Yes, you can eat cereal three times a day.”

Enjoy the rest of the weekend friends!


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