Do you know, back in the 70's and 80's, the TV show called Meeting of Minds, with Steve Allen? It was set up like a talk show, but it was carefully scripted; actors portrayed historical figures and were asked questions by Steve Allen, giving thought-provoking answers, and getting thought-provoking comments from the other guests.
From the website, "Meeting of Minds encourages the viewer and reader, who may be historically illiterate, to become more familiar with the great thinkers and doers of the past and to whet their appetites for more research and study."
I'd like to do that with writers, put them together in a room and just let them talk. Here is a list of a few I'd like to hear:
1. William Shakespeare. I can't help it. I'm an English major.
2. Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Ditto. His Idylls of the King is written on my heart, as is his poetry.
3. Ayn Rand. Her books were powerful and amazing. Atlas Shrugged is one of my all-time favorites.
4. Elizabeth Wayland Barber, who wrote Women's Work: The First 20,000 years, and Mummies of the Urumchi, and Pre-Historic Textiles. Love her books.
5. Stephen King. Not all his books are scary. His characters and plots are wonderful.
6. Anne McCaffery, mistress of the dragon in literature. I want to go to Pern.
7. Diana Gabaldon, time-travel writer extraordinaire. (Sigh ... I love Jamie).
8. Kurt Vonnegut. He made me laugh all through high school.
9. Isaac Asimov. He made me wonder and think all through high school.
10. C. S. Lewis. Who doesn't want to go back to Narnia every now and then?
What writers would you like to see?