Do I know what my colours are?
Do I make my vowels sing?
Am I direct, sincere and simple?
Do I know the proper way to sit in and rise from a chair?
Am I lovable?
Am I original?
Am I valiant?
Have I made a legal will?
Do I know where it is?
Do I hang up my clothes as soon as I take them off?
Do I sew a snap-fastener on to each end of a piece of tape about an inch and a half long, and sew these tapes in the centre of all shoulder seams?
Am I so poised, so on my centre, so innately joyous that life cannot sway me this way or that?
Jill Edwards’ Self-Searcher, a series of questions for daily reflection, quoted in Against The American Grain : Essays On The Effects Of Mass Culture by Dwight Macdonald (1962).