Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Good enough for Proust...

Over the coming weeks, we're going to offer a peek into the collective psyche of an agency. Be afraid. Agents and authors of DGLM will answer a short version of the famous Proust questionnaire (Proust Lite, if you will). To kick us off:

Miriam Goderich
  • What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Being stuck in an elevator, train, airplane or any other closed space for any length of time without a book.

  • What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Aside from staring at my kid? Lounging on a beach with a cold drink, a salty snack, a book I can’t put down and nowhere I have to be anytime soon.

  • Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Lawrence Durrell’s Justine, Dostoevsky’s Prince Myshkin, Elizabeth Bennett, William Styron’s Sophie, William Faulkner’s Quentin, E. Annie Proulx’s Quoyle, and so many others…

  • Who are your favorite characters in history?

Benjamin Disraeli, Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Benjamin Franklin, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz...

  • Your favorite painter?

Rembrandt

  • Your favorite musician?

Bach, Liszt, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, Pink, Brandi Carlile (see the problem here?)

  • Who would you have liked to be?
I would've liked to have qualities of certain people (Billie Holiday's signing voice, Virginia Woolf's way with words, Humphrey Bogart's cool, Coco Chanel's fashion sense, etc.) but not all their baggage.

4 comments:

  1. (I'm so glad this wasn't about Proust...)

    I love Prince Myshkin, Sophie, and Quoyle. What a great trio they'd make, actually -- filled with perfectly believable goodness.

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  2. What about favorite foods? You can tell a lot about a person with that. For example, I could do extreme edits for an agent who liked cheesecake, chocolate, or both. :)

    --Julie

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