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QOTD: What Author, (Dead or Alive) Would You Like to Have a Drink With?


In our interviews, Chris often asks people which writer they’d like to sit down and have drink with. I love this question, and not just because I enjoy a drink every now and then. The people we read do say a lot about our personalities.

But it isn’t really the insightful answers that draw me to the question. I like it because it makes ME think of authors I’d like to talk to, and that list is long. It also makes me feel a bit like a lightweight, since I’m sure even the more functional alcoholics among them would drink me under the table. I wouldn’t even sit down with Dylan Thomas or Edgar Allan Poe. Those dudes don’t screw around.

I’ve heard it said that writers often lead lives as interesting as anything they’ve written. I suspect that’s probably true.


Who would you have a drink with? What would you drink? I can think of a few who might take a cup of tea, but watch for the flask. I suspect they may spike it.


About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

4 comments on “QOTD: What Author, (Dead or Alive) Would You Like to Have a Drink With?

  1. dereklubangakene
    May 29, 2013

    Bukowski. Need I say more

  2. Mess
    May 29, 2013

    I want Whitman, Bukowski, and Wilde at the table. Also, a bottle of bourbon and some good vodka.

    Pretty sure I have had this dream several times already, so I know how it goes down.

    And another thing: do you guys wanna go get some tattoos?!? #wedid #mydreamlife #teslawasthereonce

  3. Doran Simmons
    May 29, 2013

    All great.
    I predict that Bukowski would already be drunk when you got to the bar and then he’d start a fight with everyone. It would be awesome.
    Whenever I picture Tesla, he looks just like David Bowie. I think he played Tesla in a movie once.
    So that might be my pick. David Bowie as Tesla.

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