Meet Christopher D’Amato! (Proust Questionnaire Vol. 4)


My name is Christopher D’Amato and I am a Digital Marketing intern.

In addition, I am also an Advertising and Psychology double major at Xavier University, with a minor in Digital Media.

As an aspiring Creative Director, and hopeful owner of my own agency sometime in the future, I crave every opportunity I can to improve my knowledge on both the art and science of interpretation. Simply put, I yearn for an understanding of Advertising and Psychology on all levels.

My first task as an intern was to put these qualities into words and answer the Proust Questionnaire in order for you and a few others to understand the kind of person I am.

Grab that espresso you have been thinking about, sit back, and try to relax. Allow my answers to guide your stream of consciousness for the next few minutes.

Quit shaking! Breathe deeply.

Questionnaire Proust filled out at age 13:

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Proust: To be separated from Mama

Your answer: Those random bits of existential dread.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Proust: To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater

Your answer: To be able to understand and communicate with each person I come into contact with on a basic, human level. Hopefully, this would allow more fluid conversation and rewarding relationships.

Your favorite artist? “Zach Hill.”

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius

Your answer: The inability to underthink.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real

Your answer: Don Draper. I believe the evolution of a man lost inside his own head to that of comfort and ease is one everyone could relate to. He is the human condition personified.

Your favorite artist?

Proust: Mozart

Your answer: Zach Hill.

The quality you most admire?

Proust: Intelligence, moral sense

Your answer: Subdued confidence.

Your favorite virtue?

Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues

Your answer: Though I am in agreement with Lil’ Proust, Temperance sticks out in my mind.

What do you most in your friends? “…a showcasing of humanistic qualities.”

Your favorite occupation?

Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse

Your answer: Listening to music, reading books and Reddit posts, scanning Wikipedia, and acquiring the skills necessary to advance myself both personally and professionally.

Who would you have liked to be?

Proust: Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.

Your answer: I like the idea of my current self being born in 1950. That should give me enough time to invest in the PC Boom. Listening to some revolutionary music should make waiting easier.

Your most marked characteristic?

Proust: A craving to be loved, or, to be more precise, to be caressed and spoiled rather than to be admired

Your answer: A craving for knowledge on all levels.

What do you most value in your friends?

Proust: Tenderness – provided they possess a physical charm which makes their tenderness worth having

Your answer:  The ability to relate to others – a showcasing of humanistic qualities.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

Proust: Never to have known my mother or my grandmother

Your answer: To live a life of regret.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Proust: Monsieur Darlu, Monsieur Boutroux (professors)

Your answer: My parents. David Ogilvy. Also Tyrod Taylor.

“‘What is most personal is most universal. – Carl Rogers – Christopher D’Amato”

What is it you most dislike?

Proust: My own worst qualities

Your answer: The feeling of inadequateness.

What historical figures do you most despise?

Proust: I am not sufficiently educated to say

Your answer: Dick Jauron. Come on, those were miserable years.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Proust: Will power and irresistible charm

Your answer: Undying wit.

What is your present state of mind?

Proust: Annoyance at having to think about myself in order to answer these questions

Your answer: Retweet.

What is your motto?

Proust: I prefer not to say, for fear it might bring me bad luck.

Your answer: “‘What is most personal is most universal. – Carl Rogers – Christopher D’Amato”