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Dinner with Three Iconic (IMHO) Men
May 21, 2015, 5:16 pm
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In the answer to the age-old question, “What three people, dead or alive, would you have dinner with if you could,” I find that all three of my people are men, and all of them are alive.

I guess I have a thing for live dudes. Badum-cha!

Additionally, they’re all writers. But I’ll assume you expected that.

So, without further delay, in no particular order, here are the three men I’d like to have dinner with:

Chuck Palahniuk

Photo Credit: Allan Amato

Photo Credit: Allan Amato

I unashamedly admit that yes, I only started reading Chuck Palahniuk because of the film Fight Club. It was just so badass! But after reading the novel, I knew this guy had something special up his writer’s sleeve, and his something special came with a twist of chaotic perversity that I really liked.

Top Five Chuck Palahniuk Books, AK (According to Katrina)

  1. Invisible Monsters – I’ve only read this novel once, but I remember closing the book after reading the last page and thinking, Holy shit.
  2. Fight Club – Duh.
  3. Lullaby – Such an awesome concept and a really enjoyable reading experience.
  4. Choke – So perverted. I felt a little dirty reading it (not nearly as dirty as I felt while reading Beautiful You), and that’s always fun.
  5. Haunted – In particular, I loved “Guts” and “Slumming.”

John Irving

My love affair with John Irving only began two years ago. I picked up a copy of Until I Find You because, let’s face it: I like tattoos. His writing style, tone, characterization, etc., are so amazing that I instantly starting buying more of his stuff.

Since I’ve only read three of Irving’s novels, it would be impossible for me to come up with a top-three or a top-five list of his books. All I’ll say is: In One Person was pure, brilliant, beautiful genius splashed with a large dose of humanity.

Stephen King

stephen king

Photo Credit: Shane Leonard

I read my first Stephen King novel when I was thirteen or fourteen years old. After years of gobbling up R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, I thought I was ready for the big leagues, and my parents figured so, too. What was my first King book? If I had to guess, I’d say either Misery or Carrie. Or maybe one of his short story collections. Whatever. I have an awful memory.

If you’re not a King fan, that’s fine. We all have opinions, and not all of them have to be good.

Top Five Stephen King Books, AK 

  1. The Shining – By far scared me more than any other book ever. When I’m alone for a night, I still check the bathtub to make sure that woman isn’t lying in there. If you’ve read it, you know who I mean.
  2. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three – This series is my all-time favorite literary series (yes, I know–even over and above Tolkien’s…sue me). Since I read it and met Eddie Dean, I’ve been in love (sorry, husband-piece).
  3. Joyland – I actually cried when this book was over. Not even because it was sad or particularly touching, but because it was over. What a freaking fun ride.
  4. The Eyes of the Dragon – Fantasy and horror meet, and Stephen King is the puppetmaster. And it actually worked. Of course I loved it.
  5. From a Buick 8 – I didn’t expect to like this book. At all. But as I read it, I began to love and hate its characters, and I realized that SK had waved his magic wand and pulled me in yet again.

These are my three fantasy dinner mates in the cliched hypothetical scenario.

Who are yours?

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Stephen King, no contest! He definitely does something to a girl’s heart. I wish he could see my writing, but I doubt he’d find it that interesting…


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