The Proust Questionnaire — Book Edition

Harry Pearce Answers The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition

By Harry Pearce November 21, 2013
Harry Pearce, Graphic Designer: Pentagram (London)
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This November marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Marcel Proust’s opus, In Search of Lost Time (A la recherche du temps perdu), originally known in English as Remembrance of Things Past. To honor the occasion, we developed the Designers & Books version of the eponymous Proust Questionnaire, which we’ve sent out to various contributors and friends. Rather than including the questions from the original that asked about a wide array of “thoughts and feelings,” our adaptation focuses solely on the respondent’s relationship to books.

View the complete questions asked in The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition

Here are the answers Harry Pearce sent in response to the Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition:

1. Of these, your reading preference: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama:

2. Your favorite childhood book (or favorite childhood author):
Edward Lear.

3. Your favorite book character:
Sal Paradise from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

4. Your favorite book title (because you like the sound of it):
Mad Love by André Breton.

5. A book you could never finish:

6. A book you will never start:
How To Be a Graphic Designer. This was a book they tried to force us to read at college, back in 1979–80. I couldn't stand it for a moment. I'm really not sure who wrote it!

7. If for some reason it turned out that you could save one and only one book from among those you own, which would it be:
Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

10. Your reading speed: very slow, slow, moderate, fast, very fast:

11. While you read, are you a note-taker? If yes, where do you record your note
Yes. Always in a bright orange sketchbook.

12. Your most idiosyncratic reading habit:
Never creasing the spine.

14. If you could be any author:
Lao Tzu.

15. If you are what you read, the book that best says who you are:
Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

17. The last book you bought:
Mira Schendel.

18. Your favorite place to purchase books:
BookCourt in Brooklyn.

19. The book you are currently reading:
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne.

21. The current location of the book you will read next:
Somewhere in my house.

22. Your favorite format for books: paper or pixels:

23. If you could have written any book:
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.

24. A book that was particularly meaningful to, or highly recommended by, an acquaintance of yours:
Beyond East and West by Bernard Leach.

25. If you have the chance to plan it, the last book you’ll read:
Tao Te Ching.

View all Questionnaires.

Also see “Celebrating a Proust Anniversary with The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition.”

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