One of the classic hypothetical situations you may have heard before is the 5 person dinner party. It’s no ordinary dinner party however. What separates this one from the rest is YOU get to choose five people, living or dead, from any period in history, to come to your table for a feast and some after dinner discussion. For funzies, you also get to choose what you’re serving.
The purpose of the discussion? It tells us who is influential, important and interesting to you. There are no rules. Bring who you like, and for whatever reason you like. For the sake of the exercise our guests are all speaking the same language and present at their intellectual/social/spiritual primes.
My list was harder to create than I thought. After thinking about it for a while, I strangely find my choices to be quite mainstream and a little cliched. So in the vein of being cliched, I’ve decided to serve McDonalds. I’m not much of a cook, or one for pomps and pride so Mickey D’s it is. We’ll be drinking red wine. Lots of it. The five:
Gautama Buddha: The soiree’s spiritual connection and our designated driver. If I absolutely had to subscribe to a religious school of thought I would must probably pick Buddhism and that’s why my enlightened friend gets an invite. Our pal Siddhartha will be fun for when the hour is late, the wine is starting to put the rest of us on the level and the discussion turns deep and meaningful.
Muhammad Ali: The alpha male and the life of the party. His presence floats like a butterfly, his wit stings like a bee. I’m a lifelong boxing fan and subscriber to social justice. Cassius Clay kills two birds with one stone on this front. I’d like to ask him about the phantom punch on Liston and his thoughts on Vietnam.
Bob Dylan: He’s bringing the iPod and supplying he beats. Fingers crossed he gets the guitar out after our 40c soft serves cones for dessert. An enigma and an icon, and a mind I certainly would like to explore. I had John Lennon written on the invitation originally but Bob and I go further back.
Che Guevara: Talkin’ ’bout a revolution. Here’s hoping anyway. All things Cuban have been a fascination of mine for some time. One day I hope to retrace his motorcycle journey through South America so I’d ask for travel advice. His stances on social issues have been extremely influential on my career and life choices. Some fine cuban cigars would go nice with the fries.
Augustus Caesar: I have a feeling he’ll try to sit at the head of the table. I hope to fuck he likes Filet O’ Fish or I might get fed to the lions. It’s all good though, Augie is an honoured guest and I’d love to hear his philosophies on society and culture. A true father of civilisation in a sense, he also might be interested to see how far we have come.
Honorable mentions: Kurt Vonnegut, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Hicks, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Jimi Hendrix, William Shakespeare, Vincent Van Gogh, Nikolai Tesla, Timothy Leary.
So guys, tell me who’s coming to dinner at your house?
@tangledupinplaid21, That’s what inspired me to do the topic actually :)
When I said to you I’d love to hang with Jerry Garcia. I thought it’d be fucking awesome to have drinks with the likes of Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Dennis Hopper, Jerry and Timothy Leary. All the counter culture legends. I suppose that would be for entirely different motivations to the dinner party however lol.
That might last a few days.
@jakehay, You got more detailed into who and why but I have to say this topic is awesome, it really gets you thinking.
What to serve?
Hmm I love cooking and I am from Maryland so first thing first is Crabs, bushels of them covered in old bay with melted butter and cider vinegar to dip in. Ears of corn by the dozen, tubs of potato salad and pasta salad. Then a few kegs of some good beer, IPA’s and Lagers.
Who to Invite? What a challenge.
1. Definitely Buddha. His life story and journey are one of courage, dedication and eventual enlightenment.
2. Martin Lawrence. Hilarious dude, been up and down in his life and I really think he seems like a down to earth dude.
3. Bob Marley. A chill dude, obviously one I want to blaze a fat spliff with. Hes jammin’ on guitar for sure after dinner.
4. Kurt Cobain. I watched a documentary on the guy and he just seemed cool and crazy at the same time. Someone I would really want to talk to and see how he would blow my mind with insane shit.
5. Luck Luciano. One of the most influential and well know Italian mob bosses in the early 1900’s. I used to be obsessed with the mafia so to meet this guy would be chilling to say the least.
So many others like Al Capone, Al Pacino, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Hunter S. Thompson, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein
@reinvented2012, “Kurt Cobain….he would blow my mind with insane shit.”
Find this incredibly ironic. Excuse me.
l want 2 dinner parties.
For the first I would invite:
Elon Musk -Tesla Motors, SpaceX
Charles Eisenstein – “Sacred Economics”
I think this party would be fantastic and I think we’d get some shit done.
For my next party I would be the fly on the wall and would invite;
The Koch Brothers (1 or the other)
Jim Yong Kim – President world bank
One of the Chairmen of UBS – the worlds largest private bank
Here I’d rather say nothing but nod my head. But I think finally, I would understand what the fuck is going on.
@jakehay, I’d have the most hodgepodge dinner party ever
Chinggis (genghis) Khan- I’ve become absolutely infatuated with Mongolia these days, and would love to have any sort of conversation with the (debatably) greatest conqueror of the past.
Nina Simone- such a complex, talented and misunderstood woman. her voice is one of few that can transport me into the realm of pure emotion
Whomever was the first “Shaman” among our species- I would think that the depth of conversation we could have in reference to spirituality and universal inter-connectedness would be unfathomable
Hugh Grant (CEO of Monsanto)- I need not go into further detail, here…but needless to say it would be a very passionate conversation between us two
and lastly, well there are many potential people I could put here so I will leave that one open
I’d make a home-cooked ORGANIC dinner and dessert for everyone
1. Jonny Cash
2. Michael the Archangel
5. Your friends hot mom
@aestheticbrah, My friend’s hot mom will probably be going home with Johnny. You just wasted an invite!
@hlalhabattu, Nina Simone is a great choice. Apparently she had a fiery temper though so watch out!
@ijesuschrist, lol @ Kurt Cobain comment.
@reinvented2012, Great list. I reckon you and me think alike. Bob Marley would be awesome!
@spaceghost, You don’t need no translator. One of the conditions is that we’re all speaking the same language. This is magic fairyland, you see.
@hlalhabattu, Hugh Grant… is murder allowed in these?
I mean, of course if we couldn’t reach a mutual understanding…
By the way @jakehay, and everyone else, have you ever seen the movie “The Perfect Host”? Its about a dinner party with I think 5 people!
I highly advise it… It crams like 5 different movies into one. As soon as you think its [generic type movie], it changes.
Really great film, I loved it.
I was thinking this in the car today!! But i had a top 3 dinner party.
So, my 3 ideals would be
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
@taysand wanna come to a party? We’d be eating something Italian or Mediterranean probably.
5th place is hard. Someone can plus one their companion. Companion! Steven Moffat can come. He can plus one the beautiful Benedict Cumberbatch.
HAHAHA i was wondering why all the hate on Hugh Grant. He’s not that bad an actor…
It’s been a long day ok.
@jakehay, Crazy I devise this list with Kurt Cobain and then this pops up on my news feed on Facebook today.
If i’m throwing a party i’m going all out! Drunk real talks are my favorite, I never seem to bond with someone more than over blurting out some drunk confessions.
Theres not gonna be too much too eat cuz we’re all tryna get wasted, but there will be enless pudding snack packs and Taco John’s potatoe oles. To drink we’re looking at Hennesy, Cristal, Patron, Remy Martin and some Old Englsih 4o 0z.
Bob Marley- Every good party needs good bud and theres always that one dude at the party just a little too baked, sitting on the couch, whoes still game to roll a doubie.
Tupac & Biggie Smalls- Two of the most influential artist that ever existed in the rap game, they’ll take care of entertainment. Not to mention a good party needs a good fight, plus it woud be nice to see these two resolve their dispute.
Charlie Day- The man is halarious. Nobody could ever not use a laugh and laughter brings good vibes. You can’t have a good party without good vibes man.
Ally Reed- Not Historical or Famous but she should be. Ally Reed is my best friend and no party is a good one without her. She’d have my back if the party got out of control no matter what. I know I could use this oppertunity to meet a new person but sharing an experience like this with a good friend can only make you closer and thats totally worth it.
Idk much about cooking, but I know I’d like to have something healthy, tasty, and spicy. Whatever we have will have lots of chipotle tabasco or Frank’s red hot sauce, and lots of garlic cloves and giardiniera. And craft beer.
We’ll eat outside, on a warm day at dusk, and at my party will be:
George Lucas, Tolkien, Anton Newcombe, Billy Corgan, and Jim Morrison. I want to hear them all talk about the creative process, and what they say their works are about.
Honorable mention to: Aaron Cometbus, Tim Armstrong, Syd Barrett, Jules Verne, Kevin Shields, and many many more I can’t think of off the top of my head atm.
I want to invite anyone who’s got stories, so I can learn how to get stories myself.