The Algonquin Round Table: The New Class

Who should sit in the fabled seats?

  • algonquinnew The Algonquin Round Table: The New Class (Clockwise from top left: Ruth Bourdain, Jonathan Ames, Andy Cohen, Lena Dunham, and Blue Ivy Carter)

    With the reopening of the Algonquin Hotel, we must consider who will be chosen for the honor of one of the 11 seats in the Algonquin Round Table

    Started as a practical joke in 1919 by publicist John Peter Toohey to mock  Alexander Woollcott, the Round Table soon became as legendary as the Bloomsberry Set, except American and meaner. The social satirists and cultural trendesetters included Dorothy Parker, Franklin Pierce Adams,  Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, his wife Ruth Hale, Marc Connelly, George S. Kaufman, Harold Ross, and Robert E. Sherwood.

    Who today could live up to such an illustrious group of names? We took a stab at our own 11: tell us who you would have in your own literary draft in the comments.

  • Straddles the fine line between pop culture and pop culture commentator effortlessly, Mr. Cohen would be able to put together one hell of a good panel.

  • Was a third-draft pick when both Letham and Franzen bowed out.

  • The indie darling of the moment and the voice of her generation, Ms. Dunham would be the modern Dorothy Parker of the group. Except with more weird sex stuff.

  • The high-brow arbiter of humor, The New Yorker writer likes to make lists of funny people for the express purpose of pissing off anyone who didn't make the cut. And if that's not the ethos of the Round Table, we don't know what is.

  • Both a fashion trendsetter and a blogger, the Rookie wunderkind could help lighten up some of the more curmudgeonly members of the group with her adorable outfits and access to Jon Hamm's vlog.

  • The creator of Thought Catolog, the rarely photographed Mr. Lavergne could lend a sense of gravitas and earnestness to the group.

  • The Saturday Night Live star is not known for being a party animal, but we could totally see Stefon promoting the Algonquin as New York's hottest new club.

  • Sure, she's not a real person. But she's still wicked sharp and has more Twitter followers than you.

  • Vogue's International Editor at Large has the style of Oscar Wilde and the jet-setting life to earn him a seat at the table...even if he's not that funny.

  • Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan cover hip hop songs in such an adorably twee fashion that we're not sure if it's scathing social commentary about the appropriation of African-American culture, or just adorably cute. And that's what the Round Table should do: keep you thinking.

  • Obviously. The youngest infant to ever break into Billboard, is there anything this girl can't do? (Besides form words?) Either way, any group of New York cultural elite wouldn't be complete without her.