The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out, and one customer with $200,000 will have the opportunity to dine at the famed Algonquin Hotel with what the catalog describes as "an impressive array of literati." And who might the dinner company include? Christopher Buckley, Roz Chast, Delia Ephron, Nora Ephron, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Gopnik, Lewis H. Lapham, John Lithgow, Anna Deavere Smith, George Stephanopoulos, and Ali Wentworth.
Uh...OK. Help me here. These people are not exactly slackers but something seems wrong here. Let me feed you a little more. Also in the catalog description:
"Imagine hosting the brightest minds of modern literature, journalism, and the arts. An exclusive private dinner party of fine food, engaging wit, and sparkling conversation at New York City’s legendary, literary Algonquin Hotel."
Now look back at the list again. Is this your notion of the Algonquin Round Table? Who would you have on this list?
The up side here: all proceeds benefit First Book, superstars at placing great books in the hands of needy children. Not up for the six figure splurge? Slide a smaller amount First Book's way instead.