As I mentioned, I did do a post on “People I would like to dine with, living or dead”
But I’m gonna re-launch it, and re-format it, following El Capitan’s lead. Like Emily, this list would probably change on a daily basis. Here is where I stand, today. I will add one category. Because … I MUST.
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Christopher Marlowe. I have a TON of questions to ask that guy.
Charles Dickens. Just because I have a feeling that the dude was a blast. He could sit at the head of the table, keep the liquor flowing, regale us with stories … I would bet there wouldn’t be one awkward pause with Chuck around.
Emily Bronte. Because I think it would have done the woman good to get out a bit, and lighten up. I’d like to get drunk with Emily, and hear what she thought about things. In her poem “Often rebuked”, she wrote what has become, for me, a personal credo: “I walk where my own nature leads me. It vexes me to choose another guide”. I’ve got all these ideas about who Emily was, what she must have been like – but I’d like to see her for myself.
Edmund Burke. I think he and I would have a lot to talk about. I’d probably monopolize his company at the table, when I wasn’t whispering in the corner with Emily Bronte.
James and Nora Joyce. I mean. That’s all that really needs to be said about THAT.
Rebecca West. Naturally. I’d have to get over my idolatry, though … because idolatry doesn’t make for good conversation. I would just want to sit next to her, and kiss the hem of her skirt. Also, ask her about her affairs with Chaplin and HG Wells. Oh yeah, and pump her for information about Split. If I were in charge of the seating arrangements, I would place her in between me and CW.
Which leads me to the next category of guests:
THE BLOGGERS I am choosing these folks merely because it would be FIREWORKS if we all got together at the same time. Er … May 6, 2005, right Emily??
The world would never recover from such a meeting of the minds.
THE HISTORICAL FIGURES
John and Abigail Adams Oh God, just the thought of it!!!
Alexander Hamilton Now THAT would be interesting, and I would definitely have to make sure he sat nowhere near John or Abigail. Alexander Hamilton is on my “historical freebie” list, although that’s not the ONLY reason I would want him to be there. I want to talk about the Federalist Papers. I want to ask him what happened during the duel. However. I also have a little historical crush on him, so I would probably end up in some dark corner, making out with him like a banshee, before the night was out. Don’t judge me for it. You only live once.
Ulugh Beg. Why? Cause he sounds incredible, that’s why. Grandson of Tamerlane, 15th century astronomer, ruler (briefly) of Samarqand … His observatories (the ruins of them anyway) still stand in Uzbekistan. I’d love to meet him.
THE ARTISTS – and by that, I mean actors
Cary Grant. Even though I’d be terrified to meet him, I am sure he would make me feel comfortable immediately. Get me a drink, get me talking about myself, make me laugh … you know, all of those things that true gentlemen know how to do instinctively.
Lauren Bacall circa “To Have and Have Not”. I realize that I would have to drag her away from CW in order to get a word in edgewise, but still … I’d love to hang out with her at that time in her life.
Gena Rowlands This white-hot talent is my favorite actress. She was married to John Cassavetes – another idol. I need to ask her so many questions about working with him, and how she works. She’s still alive. So this meeting could still, conceivably, happen.
Gary Cooper After I’m done with Alexander Hamilton, I’ll take on Gary Cooper. Uhm … woah. That’s a thought. No, but seriously. I love Gary Cooper, I’d love to sit and converse with him. And ask him questions about his life, and acting, etc. etc.
Oh God, there’s so many more people I’d love to meet … but this will stand for now.
Please add your own in the comments.