This is from Brian’s blog:
“I was talking to some of my fellow grad students a couple days ago, and to pass the time, we thought we'd have a fun conversation. We all responded to this question: If you could have any five people (living or dead) over to your home for dinner and conversation, who would you pick, and why?”
So this turned out to be an extremely difficult exercise in editing. Out of a list of about thirty here are my seven for the moment:
He was an architecture professor at Auburn University and created the Rural studio program. His holistic approach to architecture, poverty, and education puts many in the American church to shame. He would bring a great secular approach to the table and provide good discussion and great insight.
His completely counter cultural approach to success reinforces the greatness of the man who created Calvin and Hobbes. I would love to talk with him about life, art, and culture.
Who wouldn’t pass up the story telling capacity from this big bearded Scot?
St. Francis of Assisi
I don’t know many saints but the couple that I do know (Augustine and Francis) are truly awesome examples of Christian men. I chose Francis because of his passion for life and his commitment to the poor. It would be interesting to hear the conversation between him and Mockbee.
Faulkner’s main character in Go Down Moses instantly resonated with me. His respect and understanding of the land and of his family drew me to him. Once again, I imagine the conversations between him and Mockbee and Waterson to be of extreme value.
Definitely my favorite recently discovered artist. I don’t know what he would be like in conversation but his ties to the land and his observational skills couldn’t hurt in this group.
John the Baptist
John is someone who my imagination loves. He is passionate, wild, and in general seems like someone who would keep you on your toes. He also seems like he could be pretty funny and has some good stories to tell.
I would like to add in Sam Beam and Darren Arronofsky to the mix just because I would love the artistic results but I am already stretching the predetermined capacity.