The holiday season is (for many) a time for gathering around the table with friends and family… conversation flows and often the age-old question is asked, living or dead, who would you invite to the dinner table?
I know that my list is long and shifting, but regular responses include, old-guard visionaries such as Yukio Mishima, William S. Burroughs and Bob Dylan alongside the likes of Matt Berninger (from The National), Vic Chesnutt, Sam Hunt & Yusef Komunyakaa. I would also love to have dinner with my beautiful Grandmother again, to play a game of crib by her side, to feel the warmth of her smile and of course, my old dog Floyd would be under the table hunting for scraps and gently nuzzling me to remind me he was there… but as I said, the list is long and shifting.
One name who I am sure crops up on many people’s list is Henry Miller and fortunately, the good people at ubuweb have archived the very rare short film, Dinner with Henry. It captures Miller, aged 87, as raconteur at the table with the love of his later years, Brenda Venus. So if you have ever imagined dining with Henry Miller (or any other literary hero for that matter), take a seat at the table and revel in this candid look at one of the 20th centuries most influential writers… enjoy a Dinner with Henry.