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The Proust Questionnaire, with Angela Hibbs

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The Proust Questionnaire, with Angela Hibbs

Angela Hibbs's second collection of poetry, Wanton, came out with Insomniac Press in 2009. Her work has been translated into Russian and French. Her first collection, Passport was long listed for the re-lit award. She was the winner of the 2001 Starchie Award, was shortlisted for the Irving Layton Award and holds a MA Creative Writing from Concordia University. She recently received an SLS fellowship. She began co-hosting Pivot at the Press Club with Sachiko Murakami in the summer of 2010.

In her answers to the Proust Questionnaire, Angela tells us her greatest accomplishment, her motto, her idea of misery and more.

The Proust Questionnaire was not invented by Marcel Proust, but it was a much loved game by the French author and many of his contemporaries. The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent's "true" nature.


What is your dream of happiness?
Being satisfied with what I have.

What is your idea of misery?

Where would you like to live?

What qualities do you admire most in a man?

What qualities do you admire most in a woman?

What is your chief characteristic?

What is your principal fault?

What faults in others are you most tolerant of?

What do you value most about your friends?
Their perspectives.

What characteristic do you dislike most in others?

What characteristic do you dislike most in yourself?
Self consciousness.

What is your favourite virtue?

What is your favourite occupation?
Writing poetry.

What would you like to be?
A doctor.

What is your favourite colour?

What is your favourite flower?
Tiger Lily.

What is your favourite bird?

Who are your favourite prose authors?
Rob Allen, David McGimpsey, Arjun Basu, Lisa Foad, Spencer Gordon, Sarah Steinberg, Melissa A. Thompson, Don DeLillo, Bret Easton Ellis, Anne Stone.

Who are your favourite poets?
Richard Haas, Jason Camlot, Sachiko Murakami, Sharon McCartney.

Who are your favourite heroes in fiction?
The Little Mermaid, Patrick Bateman.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Who is your favourite painter?
Francis Bacon.

Who is your favourite musician?
Kanye West.

What is your favourite food?
Butter chicken.

What is your favourite drink?
Double long espresso with a generous amount of cream. Keep ‘em coming.

What are your favourite names?
Felix, Buster, Bruce.

What is it you most dislike?
Being judged harshly.

What natural talent would you most like to possess?

How do you want to die?
Cared for.

What is your current state of mind?
Cautiously optimistic.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Occasionally, I have looked before I leapt.

What is your motto?
Take what you get and be glad you got it.


For more information about Wanton, please visit the Insomniac Press website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

Check back for more Proust Questionnaires with Canada's literati in this latest series of interviews on Open Book.

1 comment

Angela Hibbs is my favourite hero in fiction.

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