Today my sense of frivolity has taken over (or maybe it’s all the cruise ship commercials I’ve seen on TV — who says there is no such thing as subliminal advertising?), so I’m doing a fun poll. Remember those questions about being stuck on a deserted island? Usually, these island questions ask you which famous actor or actress you would select or the three books you would pick to take with you. So I’m being contrary…Which author would you take with you to a deserted island? (Okay, okay, you can have two or three authors, if you like. Don’t look at me like that.)
Although I’m tempted to say that I would take my favorite performing artists with me (hey, who wouldn’t?), honesty makes me admit practicality would win out. I figure it this way: If I’m going to go and get myself stuck on an island, I’d want three things. Those three things would be some method of making fire, a U.S. Navy Seal (one of those guys with skills — send them into the wilderness with a knife and a Q-tip and they build you a shopping mall) and a boat builder. We would work through the day to build shelters, outwit any wild animals with bad attitudes, scavenge for food and drink, and get the boat built. (Cue the music: theme song from “Lost”.)
However…at the end of the day when the work was done and it was time to rest, we would gather around the campfire to relax. And that’s where the storyteller would come in. I tell some good stories (and even a tall tale from time to time for fun — ask my relatives), but a master storyteller would keep us entertained. So my picks for authors would probably be somebody like Isak Dinesen (a.k.a. Karen Blixen and the author of Out of Africa), James Thurber (he’d be funny) or Agatha Christie (she’d keep us guessing with her mystery stories and keep our brains active).
So, blog readers, have some fun with this poll: Which authors would you bring to a deserted island and why?