Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Guess who's...

This is an old standby: who would you invite, living or dead, to a dinner party? This came up in conversation when R., someone I recently met, mentioned that in 19th-century Paris it was the practice to get someone to act as a 14th person (known as quatorziens) at the table if the number of invited guests was 13 - since 13 is an "unlucky" number. (I like this guy! So erudite and interesting...it makes a gal tingle...)

So, anyway, here's my list:

1. Henry Rollins. You knew it was coming. I love how he expresses himself. And he's got no shortage of opinions.

2. Christopher Hitchens. Contrarians are a blast to watch.

3. Germaine Greer. A killer mind and a feminist too. Just stirring the pot...

4. Gandhi. I understand he was a hoot at Charades.

5. Dorothy Parker. Naturally.

6. Picasso. When he gets bored with all the talk he can draw a mural on the tablecloth.

7. Colette. One of the wittiest (and sexiest) women of her day. Loved cats. Maybe she could make Harry behave.

8. Jane Austen. Just to see if she's really all that. Not sure she is.

9. the current Dalai Lama. He laughs so often, you just know he's fun to be around.

10. Jon Stewart. Just to keep us on topic, he can moderate.

11. Amy Sedaris. Quirky and adorable. Maybe she'll make me cupcakes.

12. Kim Jong-Il. Let's get this party started!

13. Iggy Pop. One of the most well-spoken and informed people in music. If it gets dull, he can smear himself with peanut butter and dance on the table.

14. The Living Quatorzieme - who else but Stephen Fry? He is so Oscar Wilde-y they made him play it in the movies, and everyone wants Oscar Wilde to come to dinner.