Seat Guru – and Then There Were Three

Seat Guru – and Then There Were Three

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?


The first person would be Dorothy Parker – her acerbic wit and lack of stupidness around romantic love and relationships, would make for a sometimes painful but nonetheless challenging debater. Here is a quote:

“A lady … with all the poise of the Sphinx though but little of her mystery.”

“You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.” Parker’s answer when asked to use the word horticulture during a game of Can-You-Give-Me-A-Sentence?, as quoted in You Might as well Live by John Keats (1970).

Parker published her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope, in 1926. The collection sold 47,000 copies and garnered impressive reviews. The Nation described her verse as “caked with a salty humor, rough with splinters of disillusion, and tarred with a bright black authenticity”.


Then I would have R. D. Laing the famed anti-psychiatrist. He and Dorothy will have a wail of a time, drinking and engaging in verbal battles with one another. He attractive, she attractive, an explosive chemistry.

“If the human race survives, future men will, I suspect, look back on our enlightened epoch as a veritable age of Darkness. They will presumably be able to savor the irony of the situation with more amusement than we can extract from it. The laugh’s on us. They will see that what we call ‘schizophrenia’ was one of the forms in which, often through quite ordinary people, the light began to break through the cracks in our all-too-closed minds.”

R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience, p. 107.




Then, I would have ee cummings. He would be here for his ability to be controversial, (at times). This would be one party for stirring things up and for his way with words:


Buffalo Bill’s
who used to
ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat

he was a handsome man
and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death

From “Buffalo Bill’s” (1920). Unfortunately the unique presentation of his words does not translate to this page.


And in some of my most loved words, perhaps cummings may unfurl the passion within Parker and trump Laing, from somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond:
"...your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose..."
I would have three. The uneven number between them, means that they would vie with one another for Mrs Parker’s attention. I would simply be the mediator when things got heated…
Here are some knots from R. D. Laing:

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” 

“Rule A: Don’t. Rule A1: Rule A doesn’t exist. Rule A2: Do not discuss the existence or non-existence of Rules A, A1 or A2.

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