Monday, March 30, 2020

Proust Questionnaire: O.F. Cieri

O.F. Cieri hails from NYC. Her first book, Lord of Thundertown, was published by NineStar Press. You can find her short stories/essays/reviews at such places like Expat Press and Misery Tourism.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I don't believe perfect happiness doesn't come from one place. Or, alternatively, maybe perfect happiness for me is the joy of experiencing as many perfect moments as possible.

2. What is your greatest fear?


3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


5. Which living person do you most admire?

Belle Delphine

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

I have a copy of Volume II of Buffon's Natural Historie from 1735 with the plates intact. It's the rarest piece in my collection.

7. What is your current state of mind?

Today I've been thinking a lot of how Victor Hugo described a siege as having stretches of quiet mundanity, even while shells are actively firing.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


9. On what occasion do you lie?

To deflect

10.What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My cheeks

11. Which living person do you most despise?

This girl I used to work with who's on a fast track to being an unhappy housewife

12. What is the quality you most like in a man?

Dumb as rocks

13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

I fucking love funny women

14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

"Fucks' sake"

15.What or who is the greatest love of your life?

I really love my wife, she got mad at me last night for saying I might have to return to work and while she was crying she shouted "We can't fucking die, we have so much work to do."

There's no irony to speak of here.

16. When and where were you happiest?

I went to a festival in 2018 that drew half of New York, and spent a weekend running around an unfamiliar city with everyone I knew.

17. Which talent would you most like to have?

Acrobats look like they're having so much fun

18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Less anxious

19.What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I've done some cool things in my life, but I don't think of them as my 'greatest achievement'. I wrote a book, but that's just the first one.

20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I want to be a person and do it again

21.Where would you most like to live?

London? Mexico? New Orleans? California? Philly? I'm happy at home, but I'm curious to try something different.

22. What is your most treasured possession?

A Sikhote-Alin meteorite

23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Refusing to change. Humans can survive so much that there comes a point when the sunk cost fallacy becomes a choice.

24. What is your favorite occupation?

Antiques. I'd give anything to sell dead people's furniture.

25. What is your most marked characteristic?

I've been told I'm very loud.

26. What do you most value in your friends?


27. Who are your favorite writers?

Victor LaValle, J.G. Ballard, David Wong, William S. Burroughs

28. Who is your hero of fiction?

Boris Pavlovsky from the Goldfinch

29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

All I can think of is that I once read Gerard Nerval did his best writing while walking.

30. Who are your heroes in real life?

Real hustlers

31.What are your favorite names?

Drag names

32. What is it that you most dislike?

artificial flavors

33. What is your greatest regret?

Not publishing earlier.

34. How would you like to die?

Painlessly, willingly

35. What is your motto?

"Your liberty to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins."

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