Who's on my fantasy Thanksgiving guest list this year? Take this top ten, and join me in gratitude!
Poetry 180. OK: Not a single author, but a collection of immediately consumable yet surprisingly satisfying and layered poems. Trust me: It'll go on your list of must-serves for next year... And then I could let all the poets stay or go, whatever their whim. Genius, no?
Cocktails: T.C. Boyle. Verbally limber and controversial enough to tweak everyone into letting their hair down. And I can't wait to see him when he's gone through a few glasses of Pinot too!
Soup course: Maile Meloy. Satisfying but not heavy, deliciously contemporary-American, and in my super-brief correspondence, an unpretentious yet sophisticated person. The sort you'd want at Thanksgiving.
The big bird: Faulkner. Yes. A stroke of genius. Rich, succulent, crispy about the edges. Would he not just knock everything sidewise, in the true family spirit of the holidays?
The fine wine: Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood. Layered and fresh, with long finishes both.
Now that looks like a party.
And OK, so it's twelve. But what's Thanksgiving for if not over-abundance?
Who did you pick? Go check out the faithful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish for more exceptional holiday ideas...
FYI: I tried to pick British and American authors this time, for the Thanksgiving theme...