(via A Momentary Taste of Being)
Your favorite virtue: Compassion.
Your chief characteristic: A very good memory for trivial things; garrulity.
Your main fault: Laziness, I fear.
Your favourite occupation: Wandering through used bookstores; reading; blogging.
Your idea of happiness: Being among friends. Writing. Peace and quiet. Autumn.
Your idea of misery: The late spring and early summer of 2003, when I was hospitalized and under the care of The Least Compassionate Doctor In The World.
If not yourself, who would you be: A famous poet or an obscure monk.
Where would you like to live: Alaska, or any place with cool summers.
Your favourite colour and flower: Blue, I think, in spite of the purple of my prose! Rose or carnation.
Your favorite prose authors: Oscar Wilde, Walker Percy, Marianne Moore for her reviews and essays, Donald Hall for his writing on poetry and on Eagle Pond
Your favorite poets: Dylan Thomas, Edward Estlin Cummings, William Shakespeare, Theodore Roethke, Emily Dickinson, John Ashbery (guilty pleasure), Kenneth Koch, Wallace Stevens, and lately Mary Oliver.
Your favorite heroes in fiction: I don't read much fiction, but can identify with Tom More of Walker Percy's Love in the Ruins.
Your favorite heroines in fiction: ?
Least favorite heroines in fiction: ?
Least favorite male characters in fiction: ?
Your favorite painters and composers: Composers: Mozart for the Requiem, Schubert for Ave Maria, The Beatles. Painters: Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí.
Your heroes/heroines in real life: The two most recent Bishops of Rome; several saints and martyrs of holy Church. Literary heroes include Edward Estlin Cummings and Marianne Moore.
What characters in history do you most dislike: Anyone who persecuted the Church.
Your favorite food and drink: Pizza, pasta; beer, wine, gin martinis, "clear water, cold, so cold."
Your favorite names: Elizabeth (with a "z", not with an "s"!)
What I hate the most: Excessively hot weather; bullies of any variety.
World history characters I hate the most: Wasn't this already asked?
The military event I admire the most: ?
The reform I admire the most: Any attempt to preserve or to restore liturgical dignity to the celebration of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.
The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with: Singing.
How I wish to die: Not suddenly! Prepared, and in the state of grace.
What is your present state of mind: Trying to forget about some tedious errands I have to do next Tuesday, but otherwise upbeat.
For what fault have you most toleration: A fault or a sign of a disease? I tend not to condemn persons who indulge excessively in alcohol.
Your favorite motto: I like Mallarmé's line (not really a motto, but noteworthy nonetheless): "Poems are made of words, not of ideas." Marianne Moore: "Humility is a quality that attracts our admiration oftener than it impels our imitation" (inexact; from memory). Cummings: "unbeingdead isn't beingalive."