Proust Questionnaire 10: Little John Nee

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Little John Nee is a writer, storyteller, performer and musician, who will be performing at the Faber Social, which takes place in Smock Alley, the Banquet Hall tomorrow at 6pm.

What is your idea of happiness?

Creating theatre shows and hanging out with friends.

Where would you most like to live?

In a comfortable barn on four acres of land.

What is your favourite virtue?

Compassion.

What are your favourite qualities in a man?

Generosity, gentleness, integrity, sense of humour, creativity and compassion.

What are your favourite qualities in a woman?

Generosity, gentleness, integrity, sense of humour, creativity, compassion and a good kisser.

What do you most value in your friends?

Forgiveness.

What is your biggest weakness?

Creating theatre.

What do you enjoy doing most?

Creating theatre.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Foolishness.

What is your idea of misery?

Bureaucracy.

If not yourself, who would you like to be?

Today Duke Ellington.

What is your favourite color and flower?

Crimson lake and gorse bush blossoms.

What is your favourite bird?

Swallow.

Who are your favourite writers?

Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard.

Who are your favourite poets?

Dylan Thomas.

Who are your favourite artists?

Banksy, Keeva Holland.

Who are your favourite musicians?

Way too many, listening to a lot of Duke Ellington. Robert Wyatt.

Who are your favourite heroes and heroines in fiction?

Bónapárt Ó Cúnasa in The Poor Mouth, Polly Garter in Under Milk Wood.

Who are the heroes and heroines in your life?

My parents and friends.

Who are your favourite heroes and heroines in history?

Geronimo, Rosa Parks, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Samuel Beckett, Margaret Barry, Utah Phillips, Muhammad Ali.

What is your favourite food and drink?

Indian vegetarian, homemade elderflower soda.

What are your favourite names?

Ruby, Rosa and Tobias.

What do you most dislike?

Arrogance in myself, and bullies.

Which historical figures do you most dislike?

Margaret Thatcher, Richard J.Daley, Himmler.

What event in history do you most admire?

Rosa Parks sitting on the bus.

What social movement do you most admire?

Dharma Punx.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

To dance like Bojangles.

How would you like to die?

Old, happy and singing a song.

What is your present state of mind?

Mithered.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Bureaucracy in arts.

Which fault in others do you most easily tolerate?

Limited musical ability.

Which fault in yourself do you most easily tolerate?

Limited musical ability.

What is your motto?

The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.

(SK)

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