James 7 May 2009 Who are your (all readers!) perfect dining companions? First, if you had an opportunity for a dinner with a single person, living or dead, with whom would you have dinner? If you were hosting a dinner party, let’s say up to nine guests, whom would you invite? I suppose one could flatter our blog hostess by naming her, but that’s too easy, so for the purposes of this mind-game, let’s all assume she’s the #1 choice and we’re naming our #2’s! Single person dinner: I’m not normally star-struck, but I like intelligence, so I think a dinner conversation with Stephen Hawking would be fascinating — he’s my living choice. My deceased choice is more personal, an old SO who died young. For a dinner party, that’s a lot tougher. Assuming you could put everyone on their best behavior, among the deceased you could get quite a collection of fascinating historical people: DaVinci, Caesar, Shakespeare, etc… Getting Muhammed, Jesus, and Buddha at the same table would be interesting. Among the living, I’d be very curious to have a conversation with someone like bin Laden, and contrast that with Nelson Mandella. Oh, and I’d invite a few friends, too.