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Literary Holiday Parties: Jack Kirchoff and Robert Dayton, The Canadian Romantic

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What? It's NYE? I guess this is my last OBT post, then. OMG. WTF. ETC. I've had a lot of fun blogging here this month. Thanks for reading! I'll let Jack Kirchoff and Robert Dayton take us out, with the final answer to the final question:

You're having a holiday party, and can invite any number of literary figures, living, dead, or fictional - who's invited, and why?

Jack Kirchoff

Okay. My first thought was to invite two or three dozen people, make it a proper party. It would be easy to pick that many. My next thought was, just Shakespeare. Why waste time on lesser lights if – in my unlimited imagination – I can have anyone I want? But I changed my mind again, going for a small party, starting with Shakespeare and adding Dr. Sam Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker and – I think; this was a tough one – Angela Carter. (I wanted to go for Virginia Woolf or Gertrude Stein, but decided they’re too serious.) The conversation would consist of everything from subtle ironies to vile puns, with many a bon mot between. It would be exhilarating and exhausting just to listen.

And can I get Jamie Oliver to cook?


Robert Dayton

Robert Dayton's Dream Party list as printed in an old zine of his from 1993 (oh man...)

Edith Bunker, Mrs Robinson; Krazy Kat; Frank The Cat; my dead cat Precious; My missing cats Pitter and Patter (if you find them, they are both calico- one has a patch of black fur over one eye); Micheal Sider, Adam Boyd & Connie Greyeyes (because these 3 were pissed that they were never included in my previous dream party lists); Alfred Jarry; Milo Bloom; Carol Channing; The kids from Degrassi St.; Don Rickles; Jim Jones; Nancy; Goodman Beaver; The Marx Bros.; Lou Guzzo; Big Bird; Thomas DeQuincey; Don Pardo; and anyone who loves me because I feel sorry for myself right now.

(update: Pitter and Patter were never found)

And - The Canadian Romantic's Dream Party List

It would mainly consist of those who make Recitations, as well as actors as singers, with much room to wiggle. Criswell; Lav'On; P.Vert; Norman Merkel; Bruno Gerussi; Trudeau singing Bowie; The Poppy Family; Nancy and Lee; Doug Randle; Terry Rowe; Wheely Wright; Rosko from Highway One; Paul Reid; Sebastian Cabot; Alan Burke; Vivian Stanshall; William Shatner; Richard Harris; Ken Nordine; Mary Lee Fair; Percy Dovetonsils; Scott Engels; Bardot; Bebe Bardon and Joe Adams; Peggy Lee (Mirrors era); Leonard Cohen; Tonetta; Fabio; Joe E; Peter Wyngarde. As well as anyone who has ever been in love or simply wants to be. Decor to include strategically placed scented candles. Maple syrup will be served in large goblets.



Robert Dayton is The Canadian Romantic, who manifests as a Youtube series, a doll, and a book. He (Robert, not the Canadian) hosts Pagelicker, an interview series on Hazlitt. His writing has appeared in Hunter and Cook, Carousel, The Toronto Onion, Roctober, Cinema Sewer, Paper Rodeo, Bananafish, as well as the book Lost In the Grooves and elsewhere. His musical acts have included Wet Dirt, Canned Hamm and July Fourth Toilet.

Jack Kirchhoff is deputy books editor for The Globe and Mail.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Sachiko Murakami

Sachiko Murakami is the author of the poetry collections The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks, 2008), a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Rebuild (Talonbooks, 2011). She lives in Toronto.

Go to Sachiko Murakami’s Author Page