Mark Rudd is the author of the memoir UNDERGROUND: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, out now. Here he confronts the Proust questionnaire.
--What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The isolation and fear of the racist; the despair of the murderer or soldier; the egotism and weariness of the politician on the campaign trail; the prisoner in his cell.
--What is your idea of earthly happiness?
It has something to do with chicharrones.
--Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Alexander Portnoy; Raskolnikov; the White Whale
--Who are your favorite characters in history?
V.I. Lenin, Ella Baker, George Burns and Gracie Allen
--Your favorite painter?
--Your favorite musician?
Vladimir Horowitz playing Stars and Stripes Forever in Moscow; Jimi Hendrix playing blues.
--Who would you have liked to be?