No T. Rex in Heaven: John Porcellino answers the Proust Questionnaire

I was introduced to John's work through one of the King Cat comics this past spring. As I was thumbing through the pages, I came across a drawing of a bird that nearly broke my heart. The immediacy of that little sketch communicated the limits and potential of all things rendered by hand: a desire to communicate, the imperfection of our attempts, and the place where the two meet. I asked John to answer the Proust Questionnaire and have reproduced it here for you. We will be hosting John on Tuesday, November 25th, for a book signing of The Hospital Suite and film screening of his documentary, Root Hog or Die. For more info about the event, please feel free to contact us or see the event details here. John's book is available for sale here and his personal site is here. 

Here we go...thanks, John.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?


What is your greatest fear?

No T. Rex in heaven.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is the trait you most deplore in others?


Which living person do you most admire?


What is your greatest extravagance?


What is your current state of mind?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

I think they could all use a boost nowadays.

On what occasion do you lie?

Sparing someone’s feelings.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I don’t think about it.

Which living person do you most despise?


What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“like” “stuff”

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Maisie Kukoc.

When and where were you happiest?


Which talent would you most like to have?


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

Less lazy.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?


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

A person.

Where would you most like to live?

Beloit, Wisconsin.

What is your most treasured possession?

Dog Taking a Shit on the World Paperweight.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

South Beloit, Illinois, November 2010.

What is your favorite occupation?


What is your most marked characteristic?

Big nose.

What do you most value in your friends?


Who are your favorite writers?

Zen monks.

Who is your hero of fiction?

I don’t read fiction.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?


Who are your heroes in real life?


What are your favorite names?

Kukoc, Podgorski, Niedermeyer

What is it that you most dislike?


What is your greatest regret?

Speed skating down Highland.

How would you like to die?


What is your motto?

Root Hog or Die.