Monday, July 16, 2007

Who's coming for dinner?

1. If you could invite three people to dinner (they can be living, dead or fictional) whom would you invite, and why would you invite them?

First up, Ella Maillart, she was a trailblazer literally and figuratively. She traveled to faraway places under dangerous conditions and wrote spectacularly about it. A sailor, photographer and great writer I'm sure she'd have some fantastic stories to tell. I highly recommend her books, especially The Cruel Way.

The Dalai Lama. He and Ella could talk about her trip through Tibet in the 20s and I can't see him without wanting to smile. I heard him speak in Houston and his laugh and spirit were infectious.

Sharon Olds would be my third choice. She is probably my favorite poet and I admire her, not only for her work with words, but for her strong political convictions and her ambivalent attitude towards motherhood. Her poems are never sentimental, but strip situations down to their raw essentials.

2. At this dinner, what would you serve (meal planning is the key to the soul, I think)?

I would serve very good homemade baguettes and whatever fruit and vegetables were in season (the fruit with clotted cream!), good cheese and wine and ripe melon wrapped in proscuitto.

3.If you could live go back in time and live in any era, which era would you choose?
I think I would probably like to come of age in the 1920s. So many things changed for women then and I think it would be an exciting time to be woman....of course a woman with choices and some means. Kind of like when people say they would like to be a cat. I guess it goes unsaid that they would want to be a well cared for cat!

Thanks to Linda for this meme. I won't tag anyone, but enjoyed thinking about this.


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