Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dinner guest

Life is a horizontal fall.

--Jean Cocteau

During a recent interview I was asked the old college application question, "If you could have dinner with 3 people from any time in history, who would you invite and why?" It's a goofy cliché; the answer is supposed to reveal your personality, but inevitably becomes something self-conscious and overbearing.

Being shy around strangers, I'd be poor company--but I imagine Jean Cocteau would be a brilliant guest: artistic, energetic, and elegant, no doubt amazing the other two guests pulled from history and puzzled to be at my table.

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