The People We'd Take on Our Expedition
David Sedaris: This man is drop dead funny. If we were stranded on an ice floe being hunted by hungry killer whales, this is the man we would hope would survive to tell the story.
Dorothy Parker: There has never been enough female influence in Antarctic exploration. We figure given the lack, we should be snide about it.
Raymond Carver: His writing is so natural and seemingly effortless, it makes us sad that it took us so long to write this single damn sentence.
Evelyn Waugh: Biting commentary about all things British. For everyone who always wanted to make fun of the rich twits.
Stephen McCauley: Ignore the ineffectual movie made out of The Object of My Affection. This guy can write. He tells great stories and records the intricacies of family dynamics superbly. From now on, we polargeeks will only refer to the parents as "your parents."
Bill Bryson: Travel writer and lexiconographer. Whatever he chooses to write about, you can be damn sure it will informative and funny. If Sedaris didn't survive the killer whales, we sure hope Bryson would.
Ken Smith: Just plain interesting writing. Ken's Guide to the Bible makes one want to go to a football game and carry placards with random bible quotes on it, just to make people go home and look them up. And then really wonder what the hell one meant.
Tom Stoppard: Excellent player of words. We all wish we could be this clever.
Alan Ayckbourne: More biting commentary on British life, in play format. The Norman Conquests is so funny it hurts.
Alain de Botton: A Philosophy professor with an excellent literary way about him. He puts thoughts we've all had down on paper in a way that makes you feel smarter for having thought them. He even makes Proust sound palatable.