Here, from 1998, are David Bowie's answers to the Proust Questionnaire, a list of questions that were famously tackled by Marcel Proust as a teenager and then resurrected by Vanity Fair.
  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
  2. What is your most marked characteristic?
    Getting a word in edgewise.
  3. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Discovering morning.
  4. What is your greatest fear?
    Converting kilometres to miles.
  5. What historical figure do you most identify with?
    Santa Claus.
  6. Which living person do you most admire?
  7. Who are your heroes in life?
    The consumer.
  8. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    While in New York, tolerance. Outside New York, intolerance.
  9. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
  10. What is your favourite journey?
    The road of artistic excess.
  11. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
    Sympathy and originality.
  12. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
    "Chthonic" and "miasma."
  13. What is your biggest regret?
    That I never wore bellbottoms.
  14. What is your current state of mind?
  15. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
    My fear of them (wife and son excluded).
  16. 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.
  17. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Living in fear.
  18. Where would you like to live?
    Northeast Bali or south Java.
  19. What is your favourite occupation?
    Squishing paint on a senseless canvas.
  20. What is the quality you most like in a man?
    The ability to return books.
  21. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
    The ability to burp on command.
  22. What are your favourite names?
    Sears & Roebuck.
  23. What is your motto?
    "What" is my motto.