I’ve been reading Dorothy Parker before bed every night and that may explain my mood this past week (something between lunacy, exuberance and depression). She was so sharp and she saw the angles in everything, both good and bad. I see I’m not the only one admiring Ms. Parker lately, writersbloc has a great little poem by the lady.
Posted by Karol at 04:19 PM
“I like to have a martini
Two at the very most –
After three I’m under the table,
After four, I’m under my host.”
– Dorothy Parker
Last Sunday, I finished listening to an Audible book on my IPOD entitled “Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin”
It details the lives of Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber each year from 1920 to 1930. It is a very interesting book that I highly recommend.
Three of these writers ended up alcoholic and penniless. One ended up sober and rich. Who was the sober writer?
Doesn’t Dorothy Parker writings remind you of Ari’s?
I know I have been happiest at your side;
But what is done, is done, and all’s to be.
And small the good, to linger dolefully-
Gayly it lived, and gallantly it died.
I will not make you songs of hearts denied,
And you, being man, would have no tears of me,
And should I offer you fidelity,
You’d be, I think, a little terrified.
Yet this the need of woman, this her curse:
To range her little gifts, and give, and give,
Because the throb of giving’s sweet to bear.
To you, who never begged me vows or verse,
My gift shall be my absence, while I live;
But after that, my dear, I cannot swear.
Top Dorothy Parker quote, in response to a question as to why the person hadn’t heard from her in a while:
“I’ve been too fucking busy, and vice versa.”
The above is a fabulous quote. Never heard that one. My favorite one is when D. Parker was asked to use the word “horticulture” in a sentence…. She immediately replied with “You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.”