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Proust questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.[1]

At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure, titled “An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc.” At that time, it was popular among English families to answer such a list of questions that revealed the tastes and aspirations of the taker.

Proust answered always with enthusiasm. The original manuscript of his answers of 1890, at the time of his volunteer internship or some little time afterwards, titled “by Marcel Proust himself,” was found in 1924. It was auctioned on May 27, 2003 for the sum of €102,000.

The television host Bernard Pivot, seeing an opportunity for a writer to reveal at the same time aspects of his work and his personality, traditionally subjected his guests to the Proust questionnaire at the end of the French broadcast Apostrophes.

Inspired by Bernard Pivot, James Lipton, the host of the TV program Inside the Actors Studio, gives an adapted version of the Proust Questionnaire to his guests. Lipton has often incorrectly characterized the questionnaire itself as an invention of Pivot.

A similar questionnaire is regularly seen on the back page of Vanity Fair magazine, answered by various celebrities. In October 2009, Vanity Fair launched an interactive version of the questionnaire, that compares individual answers to those of various luminaries.[2]

Another version of the questionnaire, as answered by various Canadian authors, is a regular feature on the radio program The Next Chapter.


  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Dressed up for cocktails and lunch with any of the girls: Elizabeth, Rebecca or Vanessa


  1. What is your greatest fear?

That I won’t even get another chance at a good ending.


  1. What is the trait you most like in yourself?



  1. What do you most like about your appearance?

My dragonfly tattoo


  1. What is your favourite smell?



  1. What is your favourite word?



  1. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Very early morning reading in bed with coffee and cat


  1. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?



  1. How do you relax?

Book, cat, wine & music; and as s often as I can, holidays & time out of London


  1. What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

To be pain free consistently


  1. What keeps you awake at night?

It varies, but there’s usually something that wakes me up in the early hours


  1. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

I will survive


  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

Fresh coffee


  1. What is your favourite fantasy?

Happily ever after


  1. What is your greatest regret?

Not being referred to a Therapeutic Community earlier


  1. What would your motto be?

I Am The Director Of My Life


  1. How would you like to be remembered?

As a trier


D Rosier July 2017

Blank questionnaire in Word here: Proust questionnaire worksheet


Visit My Mosque Day 2017


Took 50 badges to give to the young people and anyone else who would like one, to my local mosque yesterday.

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Statement 2015

Over the past year a lot of people have been expressing concern that I haven’t been making any art, with an implied / expressed suggestion that as I wasn’t making anything, there was something wrong in my life.

I have thought long and hard about this, and have come to the following conclusions.

All of my art has worked in parallel with my various forms of formal and informal therapies, right from day 1. I failed my art O level. All my art from my art therapy in 2002 to date has been about working through emotional and psychological issues in tandem with clinical inputs.

Getting a degree, a solo show and a variety of other engagements out of this have been bonuses over the last 10+ years.

I am no longer in therapy; I am no longer attached to secondary services after more than 30 years; I have nothing left to work through, beyond the everyday, and I have plenty of friends and chosen family with whom to talk through things. I would still like to show, talk about, and sell some of my literal shed-full of work going forward.

The work I made is my truth and I will never forget that: indeed remembering it is part of what keeps me well and moving forward. I could not have got to this point in my life without art, but my relationship with it for the foreseeable future is likely to be as an interested observer, travelling across Europe for exhibitions, and I am not unhappy with that.

I wish you well for 2015.

Statement of Practice 2014

On 1 January each year I take a quote from an artist or writer on art that has particular resonance for me at that time, and I post it to mark a moment in my thinking about art and my art practice, and to reflect on what has passed, and what continues to guide me.

“During creative processes all are equal and free.”

Graphs and charts illustrated talks and Q As at Dragon Cafe 19th August

These talks relate to the graphs and charts in this post:


Update on graphs and charts talk on Monday 19th August

DC Programme- Monday 19 August 2013

Graphs and charts illustrated talk


I’ll be doing an illustrated talk about my graphs and charts at the Dragon Cafe SE1 on Monday 19th August, around 1pm and 5.15pm.

It would be great if you could come along!

I’ll be posting their day’s flyer here later this week, as soon as I get it :-).

Best wishes,