Proust Club: Caitlin Hartney
We’re asking the Block Club team a few questions from the famous Proust Questionnaire, popularized by the famous French essayist and novelist. This famous interview style has been interpreted many times over, from Vanity Fair’s popular last-page profile to “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” Today’s questionnaire is with Caitlin Hartney, Block Club senior copywriter. Let’s see what Caitlin has to say…
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sunshine, a book, a beverage, and someone who makes me laugh.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My propensity for knee-jerk, emotional reactivity. I try to remember that there’s grace in pause.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Literally, which I use almost exclusively to mean “figuratively.” (Before you hate, know that Merriam-Webster approves, as do F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charlotte Brontë.) And garbage as a descriptor. I’ll even weave them together! For example, “He is literally a garbage human.” I’ve definitely said that more than once.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Taking the initiative to get my master’s degree in my early 30s and finishing my first marathon in three hours and 40-ish minutes.
Where would you most like to live?
Paris–just long enough to learn some of its secrets.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Probably my ribald sense of humor or my excessively loud laugh.
What do you most value in your friends?
Their wit, intelligence, loyalty, progressive worldviews and kindness. They are the best sorts of people.