The Proust Questionnaire started life as a parlour game. Confession albums or confidence albums were the Victorian equivalent of the personality and psychology tests that are all over the internet these days. It was thought to give a measure of the sensibilities, tastes and aspirations if the person who answered. When he was still a teenager, Marcel Proust answered a version of it and his candid handwritten answers were discovered after his death. Later, it was popularised in magazines and television and its origins misattributed to the writer but the name has stuck. My version is a Glasgow take on it only in so much as I’m looking for willing Glaswegians to answer it as part of my series of posts about the city.
Of course, I couldn’t help myself. I’ve messed around with it, tinkered with a question or two, and added my own dubious refinements.
First up. Man With Glasses.
Photo of Marcel Proust from Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 bekijk toegang 2.24.01.04 Bestanddeelnummer 919-9566. Reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Netherlands licence.