Fireside Chat

I should be clear about something. I’ve grown a bit addicted to listening to This American Life (via podcast) quite a bit when I’m commuting from place to place. That’s why, if I had the chance, I’d be interested in a friendly chat with its executive producer and long-time narrator, Ira Glass.

I wasn’t sure when I sat down what I’d like to discuss with this great storyteller, but then I saw this prompt, “Fireside Chat.” at the Daily Post blog:

What person whom you don’t know very well in real life — it could be a blogger whose writing you enjoy, a friend you just recently made, etc. — would you like to have over for a long chat in which they tell you their life story?

Of course, that’s a good start; the great storyteller telling his own story. Other runners-up would include Neil Gaiman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Lemony Snicket.Ira Glass CMU 2006

Thinking about this more, any person I’d want to invite over for such a chat really needs, as one of their talents, a knack for really telling stories well, and it doesn’t hurt if the stories they tell that aren’t directly about themselves are also good.

Your turn. Who would you have by for a chat? Comment or link to let me know.