Friday, 29 October 2010

Who would you have round for dinner?

Following on from a little skit on Facebook whereby I got to know the reading tastes of a few of my writing friends, I'm wondering this:  If you could have THREE of your writing influences around for dinner and the after dinner conversation was to be about THREE books, which guests would you have and which books or subjects would you discuss.

The guests can be alive or dead - obviously it is best they be alive for the purposes of the after-dinner discussion.  And the books, if you want, can be something you yourself have written.

I'd go for Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Raymond Chandler, discussing One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey, the future of the crime/noir novel, and, of course my unpublished wotsit - Abide With Me.  I'm pretty good with critcism, constructive or otherwise, but if I got a pasting from these three gentlemen I would seriously consider taking my notebook and my dreams and putting them both in a blender.

So who would you have round for dinner, and what three things would you discuss?


  1. I had a dream once that I got on a city bus and found Walker Percy, then a favorite with me, sitting in one of the seats. I excitedly approached him and attempted to engage him in a discussion about the connections between Dostoevsky's The Idiot and his The Last Gentleman. He held up a staying hand and said, "If you want to talk to me about football, that's fine. But if you try to talk to me about anything else, I'm going to have to ask you to move down the aisle."

  2. What a fantastic dream, Brian. Brilliant. There's got to be a short story in that. Surely.

    The Idiot - one of my favourtite books ever. You have fine taste, my friend.

  3. Thanks, Ian, and likewise!

  4. I'm not so good with social interactions. And worse at small talk. I think I'll just stay home and eat my dinner in front of the computer, thanks.