Having discussed this latest suggestion with my beloved, we threw ideas about:
‘Why not invite Beethoven?’ Chris suggests.
‘Well, he doesn’t speak English for starters, and he’s blind; he won’t be able to see the paintings being discussed.’
‘If we invite Einstein, he’d be able to interpret. Wait a minute, Beethoven’s deaf, not blind.’
‘I just feel being with such icons would create awkwardness.’
‘I’d like to invite Beethoven, Mozart, Einstein, Bonnard, Braque, John Le Care, Shakespeare, Gerard Manly Hopkins…’ Chris enthused.
‘Hey, they’re all men!’
‘Well, who do you think might make a good dinner guest, if you could choose anyone.’
‘What about Jane Austin?’
‘Maybe asking people from different times would create some difficulties?’
‘Yes, and the differences in palates would be great. Tastes have changed.’
‘Choosing English speakers would help for easier conversation, maybe?’
‘Yes, I think it might be better to ask living friends. What about Andy and Janet, Max and Judy? You know we always find their conversation stimulating. At least they are on the same wavelength! We’d feel comfortable, without the added stress of not knowing what to cook.’
‘Agreed. Their interest in politics, art and writing is always refreshing. ’
‘Whew! The stress of entertaining the famous is beyond me these days. I don’t need any sleepless nights. Let’s stick with those we know and love!’
You get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favourite writers/ artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive.
Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening. Ben Huberman