Our resident agent and Pitch, Query, Proposal workshop leader Christopher Hermelin quotes Don Draper, romanticizes lavender, explores the metaphorical properties of tetris, and pretty much gets real in his answers to the WriteBrooklyn Proust Questionnaire, the second in a series.
Check out his workshop, after you check out his answers below:
What's your favorite virtue? Kindness. Empathy will only get you so far.
What is your chief characteristic? A desire for equilibrium.
What do you appreciate the most in your friends? Enthusiasm! And including me.
What is your main fault? I don't see myself clearly.
What is your favorite occupation? Reading. Followed closely by walking. Audiobooks are a boon.
What is your idea of happiness? I immediately think of Don Draper - "Happiness is the moment before you need more happiness." But luckily I don't quite agree. Happiness is a confluence of smaller triumphs, brought about by myself and mixed with those brought by external forces; a chain reaction of linked good-ery. The longer the chain, the longer the happiness. It's kind of like setting up some good lines on Tetris, and then the long Tetrominoe shows up to clear your screen. That's happiness, both metaphorically, and in Tetris.
What is your idea of misery? Being alone when I would have chosen company.
If not yourself, who would you be? Neil Gaiman. He can and does work in any medium he chooses.
Where would you like to live? Paris, someday. Norwich, again. On the west edge of Central Park. In a sphere in a tree. In a Westfalia.
What is your favorite color and flower? Favorite color is blue, favorite flower is lavender. Love that lavender booth that sets up in the farmer's market at the base of Prospect Park - that square smells like lavender for most of the week between markets.
Who are your favorite fiction writers? Donna Tartt, Alissa Nutting, Patricia Highsmith, Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, George Saunders, E. Lockhart
Who are your favorite poets? James Tate, Saeed Jones, Amy Gerstler, Lisa Markuson
Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction? Harry Potter, Tom Ripley (more of an anti-hero), Stargirl, Captain Augustus "Gus" McCrae, Scott Pilgrim, Frankie-Landau Banks, Roger Mifflin, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and Ender Wiggin.
Who are your favorite painters and composers (read: musicians)? Marc Chagall, Ralph McQuarrie, Rene Magritte, James Gurney, Edvard Munch, Mark Rothko, Sol Lewitt, Wassily Kandinsky... and then composers... Chilly Gonzales, Danny L Harle, Khaela Maricich, Jeff Lynne, Michael Giacchino, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yann Tiersen, Max Martin, Ariel Reichstaid, Rostam Batmanglij