David Bowie Answers the Proust Questionnaire email Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Illustration by Risko. In our August 1998 issue, the rocker reflected on happiness, misery, and regret. by Vanity Fair From the glammed-out androgyny of Ziggy Stardust to his big 80s anthem, “Let’s Dance,” to his current “jungle-influenced” sound, David Bowie has proved to be rock’s indestructible chameleon. This month, the Thin White Duke prepares to release a new album and demonstrates here that, even though he is 51, his taste for oddities remains the same. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Reading. SUBSCRIBE TO VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE To read more, subscribe now. Get immediate access to this month's issue featuring Megyn Kelly. Plus, get a free V.F. tote. What is your most marked characteristic? Getting a word in edgewise. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Discovering morning. What is your greatest fear? Converting kilometers to miles. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Santa Claus. Which living person do you most admire? Elvis. Who are your heroes in real life? The consumer. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? While in New York, tolerance. Outside of New York, intolerance. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Talent. What is your favorite journey? The road of artistic excess. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Sympathy and originality. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Chthonic, miasma. What is your greatest regret? That I never wore bell-bottoms. What is your current state of mind? Pregnant. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? My fear of them (wife and son excluded). What is your most treasured possession? A photograph held together by cellophane tape of Little Richard that I bought in 1958, and a pressed and dried chrysanthemum picked on my honeymoon in Kyoto. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Living in fear. Where would you like to live? Northeast Bali or south Java. What is your favorite occupation? Squishing paint about a senseless canvas. What is the quality you most like in a man? The ability to return books. What is the quality you most like in a woman? The ability to burp on command. What are your favorite names? Sears & Roebuck. What is your motto? “What” is my motto. Dude had a sense o humor, along with er'rythin' else!!!