Shane Hankins: Proust Questionnaire

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What is your ideal living environment?
Either a cabin in the mountains or an apartment in the city.

Where is your favourite place to visit, virtual or real?
When I was young, it was the grove of pine trees behind my grandparents home. As an adult it constantly shifts.

What are your favourite simple pleasures in this modern world?
A really good tomato. With salt.

What person, place or thing would you revive from the past?
George Orwell. I would love to see his take on our current world. He had the perfect combination of courage, compassion and contrariness. “Homage to Catalonia” is heartbreaking and epic.

What do you embrace now that you never thought you would?
Riding a bike as an adult. It is amazing, especially in Brooklyn.

What is something you would love to be able to do in the future that you can’t do now?
Effectively speak a second language. I have studied multiple languages and lived abroad, but I am still officially monolingual. It is a secret shame.

Would you like to live forever?
No.

Who has impacted your thoughts the most lately?
My grandmother. I talk with her every week. She is funny, kind, and whip smart. I am lucky to actually like the people I am obligated to love.

The book, the movie or the video game?
All three, in that order.

What fills you with gratitude?
The many people that have taken the time to teach me something.

Do you see flaws as part being human, or as something to overcome?
Both. The wisdom to discern which flaws fit into which category is something I try to cultivate. Balancing compassion and desire is key.

If you were being gentle with yourself, what would you forgive?
Not being able to speak a second language.

What is your loftiest wish for yourself or the world?
Doing work that is interesting and makes a difference.

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