Mark Rudd is the author of the memoir UNDERGROUND: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, out now. Here he confronts the Proust questionnaire.
–What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The isolation and fear of the racist; the despair of the murderer or soldier; the egotism and weariness of the politician on the campaign trail; the prisoner in his cell.
–What is your idea of earthly happiness?
It has something to do with chicharrones.
–Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Alexander Portnoy; Raskolnikov; the White Whale
–Who are your favorite characters in history?
V.I. Lenin, Ella Baker, George Burns and Gracie Allen
–Your favorite painter?
–Your favorite musician?
Vladimir Horowitz playing Stars and Stripes Forever in Moscow; Jimi Hendrix playing blues.
–Who would you have liked to be?