Proust Questionnaire 4: Maeve Higgins

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Maeve Higgins is a comic and writer, who has featured in shows such as RTE’s Naked Camera, as well as her own show, Fancy Vittles. She has performed all over the world at festivals, from Edinburgh to Adelaide, and her book We Have a Good Time Don’t We? was released by Hachette Books Ireland last year.  

What is your idea of happiness?

Everyone I love together in a room with thick stone walls.

What is your favourite virtue?

Kindness.

What do you most value in your friends?

Funniness.

What is your biggest weakness?

Slightly rough men.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Big spooky staring eyes.

What is your idea of misery?

Wanting to be someone else.

What is your favourite bird?

A hen, but somehow with different less gross feet.

Who are your favourite writers?

James Thurber, Kurt Vonnegut, James Joyce, Jonathan Franzen, Nora Ephron, Ann

Enright, Kevin Barry, Myles na gCopaleen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dostoevsky, Edna O’Brien.

Who are your favourite musicians?

Frank Ocean, James Yorkston, David Kitt, Al Green, Milosh, Nina Simone, Ann

Sexton, Solomon Burke, Katie Kim, Beyonce.

Who are your favourite heroes and heroines in fiction?

Holden Caulfield, Jane Eyre, Ursula Iguaran, Jo Marsh, Orlando.

Who are your favourite heroes and heroines in history?

Paul Robeson, Michael Collins, Queen Maeve (but I’m not sure how much is true

and how much is my imagination and myth) the women who founded The Irish

Womens Workers Union, Martin Luther King.

What is your favourite food and drink?

Toasted pecan nuts and strong green tea. I can barely believe that myself, but it’s true.

What event in history do you most admire?

The Gacaca courts in Rwanda show how brave and beautiful humanity can be, I

really admire them although they are not perfect.

What social movement do you most admire?

The civil rights movement in America. and feminism across the world.

What is your present state of mind?

 Anxious but optimistic.

Which fault in others do you most easily tolerate?

Social awkwardness.

Which fault in yourself do you most easily tolerate?

 Self-absorption!

(SK)

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