Talking Proust: Garrett Chisolm

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“In the 1880s, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time, teenage  Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871–November 18, 1922) filled out an English-language questionnaire given to him by his friend Antoinette, the daughter of France’s then-president, as part of her “confession album” — a Victorian version of today’s popular personality tests, designed to reveal the answerer’s tastes, aspirations, and sensibility in a series of simple questions. Proust’s original manuscript, titled ‘by Marcel Proust himself,’ wasn’t discovered until 1924, two years after his death. Decades later, the French television host Bernard Pivot, whose work inspired James Lipton’s Inside the Actor’s Studio, saw in the questionnaire an excellent lubricant for his interviews and began administering it to his guests in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1993, Vanity Fair resurrected the tradition and started publishing various public figures’ answers to the Proust Questionnaire on the last page of each issue.”  –  Brain Pickings


Garrett Chisolm, senior account manager – clinical division, sat down with Biotech Partners’ creative team to share his own answers to Proust’s famous questionnaire.  

What is your idea of perfect happiness? One Meat Lover’s pizza, a 10-piece bucket of fried chicken, red rice, Frank’s Red Hot and a gallon of lemonade.

What is your most marked characteristic? Dependability.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Waking up every day.

What is your greatest fear? Missing the next Floyd Mayweather fight.

What historical figure do you most identify with? Elvis.  

Which living person do you most admire? Whoever is willing to cook for me on any given day.

Who are your heroes in real life? Betty Crocker, Lil’ Debbie, The Keebler Elf, and The (Burger) King

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Laziness/not being disciplined enough.

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

What is your favorite journey? “ Don’t Stop Believing.” That’s my jam. 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Imagination.

Which word or phrases do you most overuse? Y’all. 

What is your greatest regret? Not eating for a whole day in 2011.

What is your current state of mind? Big boy needs a 10-piece.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? I wish that they would cook more when I come in to town.

What is your most treasured possession? My wooden spork.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Clemson winning the Championship in 2017.

Where would you like to live? Your house — rent free.

What is your favorite occupation? Couch surfing.  

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

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

What are your favorite names? Chisolm. 

What is your motto?  Determination will never fail you.


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