Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Want at My Thanksgiving Dinner
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This could either be the best or the worst Thanksgiving ever. What do you think of this guest list?
1. David Foster Wallace. The author of Infinite Jest was brilliant, sensitive, depressive, and by all accounts a completely fascinating guy.
2. Flannery O'Connor. Even if she never wrote anything except "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Good Country People" I would be in awe of O'Connor's mordant genius.
3. Margaret Atwood. I want to ask her a few questions about The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood has a gimlet eye, and I know she will be a good conversationalist.
4. George Orwell. I'll seat the author of 1984 next to Atwood so they can discuss dystopian literature.
5. Frederick Douglass. I have always admired the writing and the mind of the author of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
6. Abraham Lincoln was not just one of our greatest presidents, he was one of the country's greatest writers. I will seat him next to Douglass, who was one of his advisors.
7. George Eliot, author of my favorite book of all time, Middlemarch. She was a brilliant, witty women, who entertained many of the great minds of her time. Their wives, however, declined to visit Mary Ann Evans (Eliot's real name) due to her relationship with George Lewes. She is welcome at my table.
8. John Irving. The author of The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Own Meany, A Widow for One Year and other novels that I love will be seated next to his favorite author, the next on the list.
9. Charles Dickens. By all accounts he was an entertaining conversationalist, and I'd love to talk to him about Our Mutual Friend, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and other novels I've read and loved.
10. John Steinbeck. The author of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden might have some insights about the great recession and the current social and political issues.
Looking at my list, I'm thinking the food will get cold while spirited debate rages on. What literary figures would you invite to Thanksgiving dinner?