Ginger Valentine gave me the Proust Questionnaire in her latest Examiner article

French writer Marcel Proust made these questions famous at the end of the nineteenth century when he recorded his answers in his diary, “An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc.”

Known as the Proust Questionnaire, the following questions are selections from his original quiz. Today the Lovely Darling of Burlesque, Rose Darling takes time to answer a few for us.

Read the whole article here or check it out below the cut.

1. What is your greatest extravagance?
Dresses, I bought at least 10 this summer. I keeps finding places online where I can get vintage ones really cheap, so thankfully I’m not spending too much on them. They are just so easy, you don’t have to worry about matching a top to a bottom. Plus they make me feel really girlie.

2. Which talent would you most like to have?
The gift of gab. It takes me awhile to get comfortable talking to new people sometimes.
I would love to just go up to a bunch of strangers and start an enjoyable. memorable conversation with ease.

3. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Can I say that I haven’t had it yet? Not that I haven’t achieved great things, cause I know I have.
I’m always looking into the future, not patting myself on the back for the past.

4. What do you most value in your friends?
I have really cool friends that do some pretty amazing things.
I value that they all want to make something of themselves and be great at it.

5. Who are your favorite writers?
Tom Robbins, David Sedaris, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk and after Naked Girls Reading, Marquis De Sade. wow.

6. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
I fall in love with any fictional character that is sexy and proficient in witty retorts, man or woman.

7. What is your motto?
“Expect the best, be prepared for the worse, forget what others think and do your own thing.”

From Rose Darling’s website:

“Rose Darling also known as “The Lovely Darling of Burlesque”, blends vintage burlesque style with elements borrowed from a mix of French culture and 60’s bombshells. (Or you can say she’s a bit of Oh-la-la mixed with some Va-va-voom. *wink wink*) This has caught the eye of many to nominate her for “One to Watch” in the 2009 Hot Rod and Heels show. Rose has guest performed in Chicago with Vaudezilla Productions and also was chosen to perform in the Late Night Bash for New Orleans 1st Annual Burlesque Fest.”

Rose Darling will be performing at Gifts and Garters this Saturday, don’t forget to bring one unwrapped toy to receive a discount on admission.

Are you a burlesque dancer who would like to answer the Proust Questionnaire? Email the Dallas Burlesque Examiner at ginger.lee.valentine AT gmail DOT com.


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