In October, I was tagged to be ‘host’ to a special dinner by The Wanderlust Gene (who writes really lovely posts), and, in being tagged to host said virtual dinner, I am now going to host my own event. It was difficult to sort out who I’d like to have there to chat with, to listen to, to make this meal memorable. Of course, all of the bloggers I read each day would be my first choice, however, I’m limited to five people. I’ll take History and Literature for $1000, Alex, and we’ll all pretend they aren’t dead, mmmm’kay?
Here are the actual rules:
– Five guests and oneself. While relatives are permitted, it will be more interesting if guests are public figures – dead or alive, speaking any language – or even fictional characters.
– In turn, tag five others to hold Virtual Parties of their own.
Caterina Sforza–I first read of Caterina in a biography of Cesare Borgia. Later, I watched as the history I’d read about was re-enacted on the show, The Borgias. Caterina was born in 1463, and was raised being taught by the same tutors as her brothers, thus, her education was varied and intense. She was also raised to respect her warrior ancestors. She was forceful and militant, willing to take on even the Pope in defending her property and titles. Married at 10, she had her first child at 14 and subsequently bore five more over the years. Married three times, she was imprisoned by both the Borgias and by her own in-laws, the de’Medici family. Oh, those de’Medicis!! Caterina daubed in alchemy, was a voracious reader, a woman who took lovers in a time when that was only supposed to be done by men, who killed those who crossed her, protected her castles and saved her children’s inheritance by her bold actions on the battle field. I think she’d be swell to spend time with, discussing life, war and the Borgias.
Atticus Finch Why? Because I strongly believe if we all had a bit of Atticus in our souls, we’d not have war and we’d be a better species.
My Dad So I could see him again, and talk about all the things I want to discuss with him. I’d love to see him interact with these other guests, because my dad was a Renaissance Man. He was a talented vocalist, he could build a house, he created art with stained glass, he was able to discuss any subject intelligently with anyone. And, as I said, I miss him.
Beethoven I want to know how you write a symphony as moving as the 9th when you are deaf. Do you see the notes? Do you have synesthesia? Why are your odd numbered symphonies more powerful than the even numbered ones? Tell me everything.
Napoleon He conquered Europe and changed the way France dealt with the Government and the People. He was relentless in his pursuit of power and wealth, and did whatever it took to put him in a position of power and wealth. Here is a man who took the crown from the Pope and placed it on his own head, making himself Emperor of France. I read The Age of Napoleon by Will Durant when I was 12, and I remember being so impressed that Napoleon knew so much about his troops, making them feel part of his world. I also would like to ask how he felt about Jean Bernadotte (who not only married Napoleon’s first fiancee, Desiree Clary, but, was adopted by the King of Sweden and later was crowned King Carl Johan. The Royals of Sweden are descended from Jean and Desiree and from the Empress Josephine by way of her daughter from her first marriage.). Plus, his personality labeled following generations of short, aggressive men as having a Napoleonic Complex.
Now the hard stuff–officially nominating five people to host their own party.
A Gripping Life–Lisa has a wonderful way of talking about life. I’d love to see who she’d have over for those discussions.
Guap–the selections of people and food and music will be eclectic.
Brigitte–She has a way with words and events. Plus, she baked me a cake.
HF–will all of his choices be literary folk?
NBI–I’d love to hear whom a bright, talented university student would pick to have over to dinner.
I’d also love those who read this bit of blathering to say who they’d have over for dinner. I hope you’ll let me know.