Gosh, hard to choose, Roberta!
Hmmmmmmmmmmm, let me think for a minute ...
Off the top of my head:
... Doris Lessing for her many years of sorting through the meanings of so many things - politics, personal relationships, black/white relationships in Africa, her experience of the Communist Party, the changing world. She would have such great insight into so much, I'm certain! I would also invite her to bring one of her beloved cats, to keep mine company.
Nelson Mandela & Archbiship Tutu .... I would love to know the secret of surviving (with idealism, hope & humour intact) so much struggle & hardship.
Australian journalists, Wilfred Burchett (sp?) & John Pilger. Two idealistic political commentators from different times. I would be fascinated to hear Burchett's account of being one of the first western journalists to report on the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. Pilger's accounts of Cambodia & the Khmer Rouge's impact would be very sobering, I'm certain
Margaret Atwood, the novelist, whose novels I greatly admire. I would love to discuss "Cat's Eye" with her for her insights into childhood & how this experience affected the adult artist who emerged in the novel. I'd also like to know if this novel was autobiographical. (It's so vivid!)
Gertrude Stein, to hear first-hand those wonderful stories of Paris, Art & the eccentric. Of course, she'd bring Alice, too!
Karl Marx, to see what he would have made of his vision for a better world for the oppressed in the 21st Century. What would he do differently, from hindsight?
Frida Kahlo (along with a personally selected collection of self portraits & maybe a pet monkey). I would love to hear her first-hand accounts of each painting & share her experinces & knowledge of life & art.
A suffragette, or 2 (or all the Pankhursts?).... To talk about the campaign to gain votes for women in the early stages of last century.
Kurt Vonnegut, the novelist. To add his wry observations of human beings & the odd things they do to the discussion.
There you go, Roberta ... But I think I've gone ove the limited number, sorry. But what a night!