Conversations With Emilio: Getting To Know The Man Behind The Machine


In 1996 Vanity Fair began printing the Proust Questionnaire on the last page of its magazine, revealing the often complex personalities of luminaries worldwide. In an effort to better understand Emilio, I asked him to answer the same questions. His responses are detailed below.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Far niente

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Run out, or an 86 on the blackboard

What is your favorite occupation?

Searching for fun, novelty tools

What is your greatest fear?


Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Thomas Jefferson

Where would you like to live?

I am happy where I am

What is your favorite journey?

In my head dreaming

When and where were you happiest?

This morning when I woke up

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family

Which living person do you most admire?

Any noble peace prize winner

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Knowing when to shut up

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Intelligence and sense of humor

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Overly positive

What is the trait your most deplore in others?


Which living person do you most despise?

Any inconsiderate and disrespctful person

What is it that you most dislike?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


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


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


If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?


How would you like to die?

Peaceful  on a beautiful day

What is your motto?

Don’t let any "bastardo" ruin your day

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