Proust Club: Ryan McMullen

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 Ryan McMullen, one of Block Club’s designers. Let’s see what Ryan has to say…

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Self-doubt and its tendency to self-actualize.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Lack of empathy. We’re all the same; we’re all inextricably linked to one another whether we like it or not, and we’re all in this together.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I take long showers (sorry) and I use too many paper towels (sorry).

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Dignity, in the sense that everyone should feel comfortable enough to make an ass of themselves once in a while.

On what occasion do you lie?
When rounding up or down a number makes my story better (sorry).

Which living person do you most despise?
That one’s easy: Donald Trump!

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

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

What do you most value in your friends?
Their creative energy and zest for life, their wit and ability to make me laugh, and the fact that they continue to put up with my BS for reasons unbeknownst to me.

What is it that you most dislike?
Open-mouth chewers.

What is your greatest regret?
That as a younger person I spent so much time worrying about talent rather than getting really good at something and making things happen.