| 1. What is your greatest fear?
|| Fear itself.|
| 2. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
|| Imperiousness, followed too closely by laziness|
| 3. What is your greatest extravagance?
|| Wasting time, which is also my greates necessity; also, the occasional
| 4. What is your favorite journey?
|| Perhaps the early-morning taxi drive into Paris after a night flight across
the Atlantic, with good coffee, bread and jam, and a friend all waiting;
the anticipation, the amused pleasure of it, for the drive itself is ugly.|
| 5. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
|| female niceness|
| 6. What do you dislke most about your appearance?
|| Frowning; apparent confusion|
| 7. Which living person do you most despise?
|| Any trimmer|
| 8. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
|| "Jeepers." "Wow." "Cool."|
| 9. What or who is the greatest love of your live?
|| I look back and say 'so far,' for who can know what the future will bring?
| 10. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
|| There are several, if heroes they are: The Karamazov brothers (even Dmitri!),
Father Zosima. Jo March, of course.|
| 11. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
|| Oh, perhaps I haven't reached it yet?|
| 12. What is your most treasured possession?
| 13. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
|| The twentieth century contained it. After those horrors, I cannot use the
word personally, it is trivial.|
| 14. Where would you like to live?
|| On the Place des Vosges, in the moonlight.|
| 15. Who are your favorite writers?
|| If I had favorites, the first would be Kleist. I think often about Haldor
| 16. Who are your heroes in real life?
I admire many people but am wary of heroes, for in the first instance
they were warriors beloved of the gods. We are not now at war, so far as
An English prelate and poet named Beilby Proteus wrote in the eighteenth
century: "One murder made a villain,/ Millions a hero. Princes were
priveleged/ To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime." This is not
cynicism, I think, but near-despair at human folly. He also wrote: "War
its thousands slays, Peace its ten thousands." This is worth remembering.
| 17. How would you like to die?
|| In the snow, in the Far North, alone.|
| 18. What is your motto?
|| "Know where the exits are." No: "Do your best."|
| 19. What is it that you most dislike?
| 20. What is your greatest regret?
|| Lack of kindness of my part|
| 21. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you
think it would be?
|| I do not like to imagine it; something dark, I fear.|