I have always been naturally interested in fine china dinner service sets, toile, haute couture, chinoiserie, dramatic jewelry (never costume ¡OBVIO!), boiserie and people who can narrate anything, particularly the mundane and like a spiders web, spin it into, well… a story. I find it to be one of the most fundamental qualities in people who everyone finds fascinating. Very few people though, really master the ART that story telling can be. These types of people become essential to the roster of any good hostess. They can turn an average cocktail party into an event to remember. A FAB dinner party into an electrifying event where guests hang on every word of the story being told. On such person is my good friend, my very own Dorian Grey: George Dawes Green. A very well known author of several novels.
My dear Dorian George and I met, when he came back to our Garden from New York many years ago, trying to get away from his very busy, very public life in the city to finish one of his many novels. Being originally from Saint Simons Island of course he knew many people in the Garden and it was through one of them, a member of La Sociedad, that we were introduced over an afternoon cocktail. Of course I took instantly to this most interesting character of extremes that George is. He can be as recluse as a hermit in the lost mountains in middle Asia or absolutely a dehhvine dandy who knows no strangers at a cocktail party. For years he has been frozen with the flush of youth on his cheek and forever in his spirit. He is talented writer, but more than a writer, he is the consummate storyteller. I find great pleasure in having a simple afternoon café or an early supper, just the two of us. He will always turn any average story into a journey. Dahhling, and I am not the only one to think so, he is after all the founder of the very definition of storytelling: “The Moth” (http://www.themoth.org) based in NY.
FAB George has always inspired me in many ways for his dark sense of humor, for his love of velvet evening jackets paired with his highbrow wit and most of all of the uniqueness that makes him, unforgettable. Dahhling I hope you are as lucky as I have been to be able to have your very own Dorian George.
The Duchess of State