In November 2012 I attended the Singapore Writers’ Festival, and had a great time. I answered this series of questions soon afterwards. The Questionnaire has recently appeared on the website of the «Quarterly Literary Review Singapore». It is about 10 printed pages long. Sample:
Question Can you recite your favourite line from a literary work or a piece of advice from a writer?
Answer: Sure. The Hollywood scriptwriter Tommy Thompson once gave this advice to aspiring writers, after thinking carefully for a while. “Every day,” he said, “no matter what else you do, get dressed.”
The “Proust Questionnaire” is a questionnaire about one’s personality, named after the French writer Marcel Proust. At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure. At that time, it was popular among English families to answer such a list of questions that revealed the tastes and aspirations of the taker. The original manuscript of his answers of 1890, titled “by Marcel Proust himself”, was found in 1924. It was auctioned in 2003 for the sum of €102,000. The modern television host Bernard Pivot, seeing an opportunity for a writer to reveal at the same time aspects of his work and his personality, traditionally submitted his guests to the “Proust questionnaire” at the end of the French broadcast «Apostrophes», and the idea of such a questionnaire has become widely popular. [Wikipedia]