Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Proust Questionnaire, with Jolie Dobson

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Jolie Dobson

Remember the duct tape wallet you made in junior high? Well, it turns out you were only scratching the surface of the sticky utility's possibilities.

Jolie Dobson is the author of The Duct Tape Book: 25 Projects to Make With Duct Tape (Firefly Books). This fun project book, packed with photos and illustrations, will keep your younger friends and family members amused (and sticky) for hours on end.

In her answers to the Proust Questionnaire, Jolie tells Open Book about a fondness for Gotham's protector, a weakness for great boots and a commitment to living in the moment.

The Proust Questionnaire was not invented by Marcel Proust, but it was a much loved game by the French author and many of his contemporaries. The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent's "true" nature.

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What is your dream of happiness?
Having peace of mind.

What is your idea of misery?
Being trapped.

Where would you like to live?
On the ocean with my dog.

What qualities do you admire most in a man?
A good heart, funny, and intelligent.

What qualities do you admire most in a woman?
A good heart, funny, and intelligent.

What is your chief characteristic?
Honesty.

What is your principal fault?
Impatience.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Boots.

What faults in others are you most tolerant of?
Laziness.

What do you value most about your friends?
They make me laugh.

What characteristic do you dislike most in others?
Dishonesty.

What characteristic do you dislike most in yourself?
Being overly critical.

What is your favourite virtue?
Kindness.

What is your favourite occupation?
Eating.

What would you like to be?
An explorer .

What is your favourite colour?
Green.

What is your favourite flower?
Flowers give me allergies.

What is your favourite bird?
Crow.

What historical figure do you admire the most?
Gandhi.

What character in history do you most dislike?
Too many to choose just one.

Who are your favourite prose authors?
Changes all the time.

Who are your favourite poets?
Dylan Thomas and Dr. Seuss.

Who are your favourite heroes in fiction?
Batman!

Who are your heroes in real life?
My family.

Who is your favourite painter?
Joan Miro.

Who is your favourite musician?
I can’t choose just one, but I’m listening to The Clash right now so I’ll go with that!

What is your favourite food?
Raspberries.

What is your favourite drink?
Favourite…I don’t know, but most needed…coffee.

What are your favourite names?
Something unconventional.

What is it you most dislike?
Close mindedness.

What natural talent would you most like to possess?
I’d like to be able to sing.

How do you want to die?
Happy.

What is your current state of mind?
Contemplative.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
I don’t think that way. That’s in the past and I try to live in the present moment.

What is your motto?
No matter where you go, there you are.


Jolie Dobson is a photographer and multidisciplinary artist. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and lives in Toronto, Ontario.

For more information about The Duct Tape Book please visit the Firefly Books website.

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Check out all the Proust Questionnaire interviews in our archives.

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