It’s a classic interview question. If you could host a dinner party for any six people living or dead, whom would you choose? This one is easy. I have three couples I would like to dine with me and my husband: John and Abigail Adams, Conrad and Anna Eve Weiser, and Shahrukh and Gauri Khan. That would be a blast. I’d keep my contributions to the beverages and venue then ask each couple to bring a course: somosas to start (Khans), Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, und Karotten Salat for the main course (Weisers), and sticky pudding in rum sauce to conclude (Adams).
I find it more difficult to populate a fantasy girls’ night out. Abigail Adams would be there. Anne Bradstreet and she would hit it off well. Meeting Mika Brzezinski with students was nice, but I’d like a longer engagement as grown-ups. Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, and Jane Austen might try to segregate themselves and sip sherry away from the brazen Americans, but I have a history of bridging the pond. Katty Kay could help me defuse any tension. The Brits would bond with the colonial sisterhood before long, although Jane might find all the maternal banter too banal. I wonder what she would make of a margarita?