(A LATE) MONDAY MUSING: THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

My week has gotten a bit discombobulated with in-laws in town for a long weekend. They left yesterday evening and I’m now in the process of playing catch-up. So, today I will be writing two posts today and still have quite a bit of homework to do for tomorrow’s post!

(That’s me thinking about my To-Do list…)

To begin: one of my favorite ways to get conversation flowing during cocktail and dinner parties is to pull out a book of questions. Sometimes I physically pull it from my bookshelf, open it to a random question, and let the fun begin. A few good book options….

The Book of Questions

Other times, I mentally pluck out a question: if you could have any career in the world, and money was of no concern, what would it be? Or, who is your favorite fictional character and why? Or, if you could change anything about the human body, what would it be? Or, to get a little more personal, what is your biggest regret?

Of course, this manner of parlor game entertainment goes far beyond modern day dinner parties. In fact, in the early 20th century, it was not uncommon for the host to create a list of questions for the guests to reveal their own tastes and aspirations; hence, The Proust Questionnaire came to life, named (posthumously) after the French novelist, essayist, and critic, Marcel Proust.

Now, you may recognize The Proust Questionnaire from a much more modern publication called Vanity Fair, and concurrently as a book also published by Vanity Fair called Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life.

(A great coffee table book, and an excellent source of questions for your own dinner party!)

Needless to say, having your own Proust Questionnaire at the ready is highly recommended for your next hosted party, and even more so, it may particularly come in handy if seated next to a dud at the dinner table

As for myself, I am going to treat today’s Monday Musing and Musings going forward like one big dinner party! To get to know my guests/readers a little better, I will pose a Proust-like question for you each week, and of course, provide you with an answer to my own question. Let’s get started!

What is your greatest extravagance?

My response: Well, it depends on what you define as extravagance. I’m not terribly financially extravagant, and would much prefer to build and craft my lifestyle in a frugal manner – although it doesn’t always seem to work out that way and somehow, I still find myself with extravagant tastes (at least my credit card think so…)! I like to view extravagance much more emotionally and think my greatest extravagance is “Me” time. I often feel guilty for it, but I enjoy my privacy and very much like to be alone…

How about you? What is your greatest extravagance?

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