Inaugural posts are always challenging; I am not sure how to formally introduce myself, and to be honest, I would like for the readers of this blog to get to know me through my posts and not some official introduction that I will ultimately have to live up to.  With that said, I love interviews, so whenever I come across an interesting interview, I will be posting my answers to questions that were asked to some really cool people, because, um, I am cool, too. 🙂

I thought I would start with my answers to the Vanity Fair’s Proust questionnaire.

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A: A good book, good vegan, gluten-free food, and a happy family.

Q: What is your greatest fear?

A: That I am sometimes too afraid to hear what my heart has to say… and that my death will be tragic. Oh, and failure.

Q: Which historical figure do you most identify with?

A: Jesus, sans the crucifixion.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?

A: Anybody enrolled in a Ph.D program.

Q: Which is the trait that you most deplore in yourself?

A: I can be extremely critical of myself and others.

Q: Which is the trait that you most deplore in others?

A: Judgmental, self-righteousness behavior, and cowardice.

Q: What is your greatest extravagance?

A: My 15-inch MacBook Pro (and my iPhone 3GS)

Q: On what occasion do you lie?

A: Hmm… I sometimes say that I like things when I don’t.

Q: What do you dislike most about your appearance?

A: I really have a difficult time accepting the size of my arms; they make me look bigger than I am.

Q: When and where were you happiest?

A: In undergrad. Only I did not know it.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

A: I would stop allowing fear to influence my decisions.

Q: If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?

A: My mother would have demonstrated her love.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: Learning to love myself and command love and respect from others.

Q: If you died and came back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A: …maybe a rock or a planet. I am not sure.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My mind, my journals, my wedding band and my MacBook Pro.

Q: What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery?

A: Slavery…and the inability to love

Q: Who are your heroes in real life?

A: My eleventh-grade English teacher, Hedy A. Jackson, and anybody who is committed to social justice.

Q: What is it that you most dislike?

A: Cowardice.

Q: How would you like to die?

A: Loved.

Q: What is your motto?

A: “I found God in myself, and I loved her. I loved her fiercely.” (Ntozake Shange)


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