Christian Dorsey Answers the Proust Questionnaire

Arlington County Board Chairman on the NBA and morning coffee

French Novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922) answered these questions for his fans during parlor games. Similar versions have become synonymous with questions asked to celebrities today. It is said that they were designed “to reveal the deep inner truth of one’s personality."

Are you a morning person?

Only after ingesting at least 20 ounces of coffee.

Where would you like to live if you couldn’t reside in Arlington?

Hawaii, Hawaii, aka “The Big Island.” I’m a big man; I need a big island.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Experiencing joy every day.

Who are your favorite fictional heroes?

Shuri (from Black Panther) and Tony Stark (from Iron Man). I’ve got two children; it’s Marvel all the time.

Who are your favorite characters in history?

Malcolm X and Fannie Lou Hamer. Malcolm demonstrated that we can evolve without losing our gifts, and Fannie Lou personifies persistence in the face of adversity and brutality.

Who is your favorite musician?

Luther Vandross. Even though I can’t sing, I dream of having Luther’s voice!

What qualities do you most admire in a man?

The ability to show his vulnerabilities and speak openly about his feelings.

What qualities do you most admire in a woman?

The willingness to couple with men who don’t show their vulnerabilities or speak openly about their feelings.

What occupation would you have liked to experience other than your own?

Basketball coach—after a Hall of Fame career as an NBA player.

What to your mind would be the greatest misfortune?

Having a life without joy.

What is your favorite color?

It’s election season—blue all the way.

Who are your favorite writers?

Jean-Paul Sartre, Suzanne Collins, W.E.B. DuBois

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Being able to play music by ear.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

“If you don’t know when you have been spit on, it does not matter too much what else you think you know.” –Ruth Shays

What is the last movie you saw?

Avengers: Endgame

Are you a dog or cat person? 

If my wife is asking, I’m a cat person.

Do you like answering questions?

As long as someone is interested in my answers.

ABOUT: Christian Dorsey, an economic policy expert, was re-elected to the Arlington County Board as chairman in 2020, after serving in 2019.  He began his stint on the board as an elected member  in 2015. Dorsey represents NOVA as a principal board member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and much more. Lately, backed by the full board, Chairman Dorsey has made many decisions regarding Amazon's headquarters.  He is also a father of two girls, a husband and a community activist. You can learn more about him and his accomplishments on the Arlington County Board website. 

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