Or, if you don't like dinner parties, which 12 people would you choose to converse with? Doesn't have to be people you admire - can be people you detest. So, my 12 are:
Tori Amos - absolute heroine, total goddess. I'd give anything to interview her.
Marshall Mathers III (Eminem) - I think Eminem's great, and it'd be so interesting to talk to him face-to-face, to peel back all those personalities.
Alastair Campbell - (for those who don't know, he's the premier spin doctor for the UK (New) Labour party). I admire him a lot, actually: there aren't many political heroes in the UK, but if pressed he'd be mine. (Apart from the whole I-don't-believe-in-heroes thing.) Incredibly talented. Also incredibly sexy.
Cate Blanchett - *the* best actress of our generation, in terms of just BECOMING her character. So what's she really like? And how does she do it?
Arundhati Roy - I admire artists who are ready to take a political stand, and really mean it. Her best moment was declaring that, should India continue testing nuclear weapons, she would declare herself an independent mobile republic.
Bret Easton Ellis - amazing, amazing author. I'm sure he's been told many times before that there's only one Aphex Twin though.
Bjork Gudmundsdottir - in her interviews, there's this great, overwhelming passion for music - just music, without the constraints of genre - which comes across. She gets really excited about new music, and it's a passion I share.
Venus Williams - again, I'd love to interview this woman. Witty, intelligent - and very enigmatic.
Tracey Emin - again, someone whose public image has almost replaced her. And I love her art.
Aung San Suu Kyi - how can one woman be so damn brave? I would've given up looong ago. Truly an inspiration.
Andrew Rawnsley - UK political journalist - wrote New Labour exposé style book called 'Servants Of The People' which is one of the best reads I've had in ages. Genius. The hack's job isn't just to report opinion, but to create opinion. Journalists are now more powerful than politicians. Which is the way it should be.
Ian Brady - Moors murderer - maybe sick, but it's always fascinating to chase the dark side of things. There's nothing more intriguing than delving inside the mind of a psychopath. And he's ridiculously intelligent, which is never a bad thing.
hmm, I can imagine the conversations now! So: who do you want to talk to, then?
It's harder than it looks. Lots of people had to be kicked off my list - it's an exclusive thing, darling...