About the Author – The Proust Questionnaire

Published 6/18/14 by:

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Vanity Fair runs a monthly post in which they ask celebrities the Proust Questionnaire. I doubt I’m ever going to be a celebrity, so in order to better inform you about me as a blogger and human, I thought I’d fill it out. I want you to know that I took twenty minutes to respond to this, so these are my gut reactions. Tread lightly…


What is your idea of happiness? Good company, and no alarm clock set for the next day.

What is your greatest fear? Being alone in a body of water and drowning.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? I’m not much of a historian, but I’d like to think that I would’ve been an abolitionist, so Sojourner Truth.

Which living person do you most admire? It’s a tie: Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell. They both can write and sing, and neither of them do anything they don’t want to do.

What trait do you have that you dislike the most? I am an inherently judgmental person. I judge people, homes, conversations, intellect etc. without even thinking about it.

What trait do you most dislike in others? Carelessness. How hard is it to care, just a little bit?

What is your greatest extravagance? I very rarely paint my own toenails.

What is your favorite journey? When I graduated from high school I went on a twelve day trip down the coast of California with my family. I fell in love with it.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Preparedness. There are rare occasions where authenticity lies within winging it.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? My fair skin. I blush easily (when drinking or embarrassed), and get sunburns driving in the car.

When do you lie? When I’ve half-assed something…I just pretend I didn’t know any better.

What word or phrase do you overuse? It is what it is.

What is your biggest regret? Not pursuing writing, publishing or editing.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? So far? Teaching and my family.

When and where were you happiest? This will sound odd, but middle school. I had a really good grasp on academics, and I was a fairly good athlete. I think it may have been the time that I was the most well-rounded. I also love a good school dance.

Which talent would you most like to have? I often dream about being a singer and having a tour bus filled with all my favorite people. To be able to sing, and make people happy by doing it, would be quite the talent.

What is your current state of mind? Exhausted and frazzled. My grades were due this week, and my sixth graders are being wily.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Teaching adolescents how to write with conviction.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A piano that gets passed down through many generations of the same family.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A sea turtle.

What is your most treasured possession? I’m a big fan of things…I can’t choose just one.

What do you regard as the deepest pit of misery? The time in-between college and your first job, where you have no experience, so no one will hire you, but you need experience to be hired. It’s literally the worst thing that has ever happened to me. You feel helpless, idiotic and poor.

Where would you like to live? Some place where it’s in the 70s and breezy all the time. I think that’s maybe San Francisco?

What is your favorite occupation? Music supervisor – anyone who gets to compile soundtracks for television or film.

Who are your heroes in real life? Jim Henson, John Green, Ellen, and Malala.

What do you most dislike? Deadlines and grading.

How would you like to die? Uneventfully at a ripe old age.

What is your motto? You can’t win ’em all.


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3 responses to “About the Author – The Proust Questionnaire”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Addendum: The phrase you use more than “It is what it is” is “So that happened.” Also, “No big deal.” Both of which I’ve started using since becoming friends :)

    • Kaitlin says:

      Very good points. I think I use “It is what it is” while I’m at school, and the other two in my regular life. I do say no big deal with frequency. :)

  2. Molly Galler says:

    I always love this page in VF, so glad you decided to fill it out. I too love the idea of not setting an alarm for the next day. It’s the little things.

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