Ask an English Major: Which Author Would You Meet for Dinner?
Have you ever been so obsessed with an author that you would do anything to meet them just once in your life? Don’t you wish you could sit down with them and ask them all the questions that everyone has been dying to know the answers to? You are not alone. We asked five English majors the highly anticipated question:
If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Abby Nommay: I would have dinner with F. Scott Fitzgerald because he wrote one of my favorite books, ‘This Side of Paradise.’ His writing just speaks to the soul and reminds us that we’re not alone in our experiences, both victories and failures. I’ve also heard that he was very eccentric which is why he was such a great writer, and I would love to get more clarity on what’s actually going on in his head. I’d probably also ask him for some advice on writing since I value his voice as a writer!
Lauren Golden:If I could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would definitely be Cheryl Strayed. Her memoir, ‘Wild,’ is my favorite book because of the way she writes with such vulnerability. She seems like such an interesting person to get to know. I’d love to get the chance to ask her more questions about her journey along the Pacific Crest Trail and how it has shaped her life!
Natalie Merrithew:I think if I could have dinner with any author, I would have to pick Sylvia Plath. I just read ‘The Bell Jar’ recently, and nothing would make me more content than to pick her brain. I think she’s brilliant and eloquent and her writing just really speaks to me. I have actually had people tell me that I write similarly to her, which is really flattering and interesting! I’d just love to talk to her about her life, her thought processes, and things like that.
Ellie Prain: If I could have dinner with any author, it would definitely be Gabriel García Márquez. Reading his novel, ‘100 Years of Solitude,’ was my first time being exposed to Latin American literature and I completely fell in love with his use of magical realism. The story is multi-generational, but it is not a burden to read in the way that you are overwhelmed by its scope. I would ask him about his childhood and how he became a writer.
Written By: Jordin Tedesco