While writing another post, it occurred to me that I’m probably not the only one who looks longingly at some people and thinks, We could totally be friends, if only I could meet this person! I try not to be too gushy when I meet some people, but I can’t seem to help myself. So here’s a list of people who, if we ever met in person, over dinner or something, I hope would like me as much as I already like them.
I know the person might not live up to your expectations, or your personalities may end up clashing where you thought they would mesh, but this is all just hypothetical so don’t get too weird on me. Thanks.
Dooce. I wait with baited breath for all her posts. I think she has a great sense of humor, we have vaguely similar family situations, and we have a similar temperament. I think I would have her babies if I could. Though I would be sure to steer clear of her chin.
Daniel Negreanu. A professional poker player. It doesn’t hurt that I think he’s pretty cute. He’s married, I’m married…couldn’t we just be friends? We’d totally get along.
Jennifer Harmon. Another professional poker player. I love her. Another girl crush of mine. But how can you not like someone who’s super cute and is a bad ass poker player? I only mention that she’s cute because the women poker players I play with are HAGGARD.
Wally Lamb. He wrote one of my all-time favorite books, I Know This Much Is True. With the recent release of his new book, The Hour I First Believed, I got online to see what he’s up to and found this video. Most of my favorite writers seem to write the way he says he does, and I think that’s pretty telling about why I like those types of writers so much.
Carol Fitzgerald. Co-Founder/President of The Book Report Network. She runs seven sites, two of which are Bookreporter and ReadingGroupGuides. She’s funny, smart, sassy, and brilliant. I like to think that if we were friends her brilliant-ness would rub off on me. If only she knew what good friends we could be…
Diana Spechler. She was at Book Group Expo, and we had a brief discussion about turning 30 and how people in general don’t seem to remember what a milestone turning 30 is and they take pleasure in not feeling any sympathy for those of us reaching this decade. I don’t know about Diana, but for me, turning 30 is HUGE. When I was a kid, 30 might as well have been 80, because there was no way I’d ever make it to age 30. And I’m finally here, ready for those two digits to change. And it’s such a weird experience, to be on the cusp of an age that seemed unreachable not so long ago. I can’t say whether this will happen with 40 or 50 or 60, but right now I’m just trying to figure out what it means to be 30.
Andre Dubus III. He was also at Book Group Expo. Lots of people thought he came off as arrogant, I just thought he came across as well read. I would love to listen to him talk and talk and talk. Okay, maybe that relationship would be one sided, so hopefully he doesn’t mind.
Garth Stein. Again, another author at Book Group Expo. And I know! He’s married, but that’s okay, because I am, too, and we could just be friends. We could hang out and talk over coffee or something.
Michelle Gagnon. Another author at Book Group Expo. But she has this awesome laugh and we totally connected over Tana French. I think we could be friends.
Lauren John. She was at Book Group Expo and was one of the moderators. She’s a librarian and leads quite a few book groups. Her enthusiasm was amazing and I just thought it’d be so fun to sit down and talk books.
And I keep thinking, my list should have movie stars! Or singers! But, while I like movie stars and musicians, there’s no one I’ve thought I would necessarily connect with. I did become friends with this one guy 10 years ago, but that’s a story for another time.
Who’s on your list?