The Proust Questionnaire: Steven Price

Steven PriceThe Proust Questionnaire is believed to reveal an individual’s true nature. We have asked Incite authors 17 questions inspired by the questionnaire in an attempt to uncover who they are…


What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Something that is already passing, or passed. It’s that quick.

What does your ideal day look like?
It is evening all day long. And then it’s night.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Time.

What posession would you be heartbroken if you lost?
My father’s desk.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Fingernails, that grew infinitesimally slowly.

What childhood fear has followed you into adulthood?
Heights.

Do you take comfort in darkness or light?
Light.

Do you remember your dreams?
Rarely.

How do you collect snippets of observations and ideas that come to you unexpectedly?
I write them down in a notebook, almost at once, or they risk being lost.

What emotions do you experience when you sit down to begin a new work?
Dread. And joy.

What is your favourite way to avoid writing?
Bookshopping and reading.

Does being in love propel or postpone your work?
Propel.

How do you work under pressure?
Inconsistently.

What published book do you secretly wish you had written?
Most recently, Alice Oswald’s Memorial.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Thomas Jefferson.

If you were reincarnated as a person or a thing, who or what would you be?
A candle.

Tell us one thing you can't prove but believe is true.
There is a shape to things.

 

Thank you to Dany Laferriere, CBC and Vanity Fair for the inspiration.