Bed Staring Bookshelf Voices

I remember being a child at dinner parties when my parents shuffled me off to bed in a far off room. I heard voices outside the doors and they always seemed more interesting that what my fellow kids had to say. I wonder what some of my famous heroes would have to say outside the barrier in a night like that. I imagine laying in the bed, staring at the bookshelf, hearing their voices.

You get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favorite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?

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My dinner party would have these notable figures at a table together: Stephen King, Henry Mancini, Stephen Spielberg, Barack Obama. King because he has a dark, twisted, and wonderful sense of America. Mancini because he’s written some of the most catchy tunes in all music history and I’d try to persuade him to grace the piano I would arrange right by his seat. Spielberg because he has a childlike imagination and knows how to bring it to life in cinema. I wonder what he thinks of modern movies.

Obama because I think he’s a brave president. I may not agree with everything he says and does but I appreciate the way he got our country on a path to something innovative and new with health care. He takes a lot of hits from Republicans but I would venture to say most these creative gentlemen are left of center. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall and hear Obama talking about his policies with a bunch of super-creative weirdos who turned their innovation into billions.

Author: Damien Riley

I'm a blogger, film critic, & podcaster with an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. I teach public school, 4th grade as my primary occupation. My views on films and life are usually headstrong and often 'left of center' on movies and life, but I have respect for the other side. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.