Sunday, December 11, 2016

Who Would You Like to Talk to and What About?

I found this question and answer pasted into my journal from March 21, 1991.  I was playing "Postcard Challenge." The game involved asking each other questions.  The answer would be a postcard with an image, words, and a new questions.

Image result for with love from hell Matt GroeningI had photocopied the non-picture side of the postcard and taped it into my journal. I don't know what the picture was, but it was from this postcard book.

Who did I want to talk to in 1991?  Here's my answer:
1.  Moses:  I'd ask him what that burning bush was like.
2.  Jesus:  I'd ask him what he meant actually - what he really wanted.
3.  Buddha:  Perhaps he'd explain his experience to me
4, 5,  & 6.:  Jefferson, Danton, Marat, and Cromwell.  I'd like to talk about their revolutions.
7 & 8:  Confucius and Lao Tzu:  I'd like to know what they think it's all about.
9.  Shakespeare:  I'd like to know his feelings about love and marriage, writing, inspiration, magic, The Tempest, King Lear, and so on.  Ideally, we would talk for a long, long while.
10.  Ghandi, Thoreau, Golda Meir
11.  Abby Hoffman, John Lennon, Mozart.
12.  Akhenaten, Pericles, Socrates, Plato.

Actually, if I could talk to one person, I'd talk to my father who died January 1, 1969.
That was my answer 25 years ago. It might be different now.

Who would you like to talk to and what about?


  1. Many comments to this post are here:

    Unexpectedly, almost everyone wants to talk to a family member.

  2. I would also like to talk to a family member: my great-grandmother Mary Becker Axelrod, who died in 1962. I knew and loved her (I was 18 when she died), but never asked her about what her life as a girl was like, and why she stayed behind for a few years when her family came to the U.S. from Russia (which I now know was Lithuania), what she did there, why she came alone at 14-- and how she saw the world, love, life. Also I'd like to talk to my dad, who died in 1993 but lost his language 9 years before. For a writer to talk to, Adrienne Rich, poet and essayist -- about being honest and telling the truth, as well as about writing. And I'd like to reconnect with poet June Jordan (whom I worked with in the late 60's, and who died in 2002, just before I tried to email her), for the same reasons as Adrienne.