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March 05, 2018


Hank PhilLippi ryan

Such a wonderful story... how did you come up with
The menu?


Wow! I'd be so nervous in a situation like that I'd spill something within the first five minutes, even if I weren't anywhere near the food. Fun to read about, however.

Leslie Karst

Hank, the story of how I came up with the menu will be in the full-blown memoir, but suffice it to say that it involved much angst and worry. RBG doesn't eat red meat and loves seafood, so that intel from her husband dictated much of the menu. Thanks for inviting me to share the story with the fabulous Femmes!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

I also think it would be such a great long essay for the New Yorker!

Leslie Karst

Hank: Hmmmmmmm...


I'd be so star-struck! This is a fabulous story, Leslie. If I had a choice of dinner guest (still living otherwise Jane Austen)I'd have Doris Day.

Storyteller Mary

What an amazing adventure! Brava! I love the details of flowers in the menu, and the wide-ranging conversation. Thanks for letting us eavesdrop a bit.
I borrowed the RGB Workout book, and now am even more amazed by her.

Leslie Karst

She is a truly amazing woman, Mary, and the more you learn about her life the more amazing she gets.

Catriona--I think if I could invite any living person to dinner it would be Timothy Ferris, the science writer, amateur astronomer, and all around terrific guy. And he lives in the SF Bay Area, so maybe someday I'll get to do so!

Judy Alter

Love the story, love your menu. I'd have spilled the soup or some horrible thing out of nerves.

Ellen Byron

What a GREAT post!! Leslie, you rock! And that dinner looks amazing.

Who would I invite to dinner? The Bronte Sisters. First, because they all looked like they could use a good meal, also because I'm a total Bronte fangirl.

Edith Maxwell

Leslie, I can't understand how you didn't brag about this story when we roomed together in Monterey! "Yeah, I cooked dinner for the amazing RBG," you might have said - but didn't. Color me impressed!

Leslie Karst

LOL, Edith. I just didn't want you to be too star-struck with your roomie--not.

Love how so many commenters worry that they'd spill something on the justice. I did, of course, have that fear, but got through the night with no case of the dropsies, thank goodness.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Catriona! If Doris Day come to dinner with you, would you please please please invite me? THAT I have to witness.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Mary, who would you invite?

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh,Tim Ferris! Good call! What a brilliant guy--I knew him at RollingStone when I worked there a million years ago..

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Judy, you would NOT have spilled. You'd have been totally cool.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Ellen, what a great idea. (And can we write a TV series about it? hmmmm)
Did the Bronte sisters like each other?

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Edith, so amazing! But I bet you have some stories of your own...xoxo

Elizabeth Zelvin

I love this story, Leslie. My parents met in law school (Brooklyn Law, Class of '24) in 1921, almost 100 years ago now. My mother got a doctorate late in life and taught Constitutional law at Queens College in NY. She was a great admirer of Justice Ginsburg. At the age of 92, she decided she wanted to meet her, so she wrote, describing herself as "the oldest living lawyer." Justice Ruth responded cordially, glad to meet a pioneering woman lawyer, and they became friends. ("What did you talk about, Mom?" we asked after that first meeting. "Everything!") On Mom's 95th birthday, she sent a card with a picture of her and Sandra Day O'Connor. It said, "Happy birthday from the Supremes."

Vinnie Hansen

A fabulous post, Leslie. You mentioned this occasion at your book launch, but how fun to get more of the scoop--so to speak.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Liz, what a terrific story! Wow! And the card is incredible..

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Vinnie, isn't it a once in a lifetime thing? Wow.

Kaye George

Some people have all the fun! If you're at Malice this year, can I touch you? Wow!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Well, Kaye, I think we should make her cook, right????

Nancy Lynn Jarvis

She'my hero. I would have been speechless.

Leslie Karst

LOL, you all are totally cracking me up. Elizabeth--I LOVE the story of your mom and RBG. She (RBG) is indeed one of the most generous and gracious people I've ever met.

Hank--I am jealous that you know Mr. Ferris well enough to call him Tim. I'll cook for both of you if you bring him over! I've loved him ever since first reading Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Well, let's all have dinner together! xoxoo

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