02/06/06 - dorothy parker

In today's excerpt - the lethal wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker (1893-1967). Parker, who came to prominence in the liberated 1920's, was a writer and critic for such magazines as Vogue, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, a founder of the Algonquin Round Table, and author of a number of screenplays poetry and short fiction:

"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised."

"She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B." (speaking of Katharine Hepburn)

"You can drag a horticulture, but you can't make her think." (on being challenged to use the word Horticulture in a sentence)

"They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm."

"It serves me right for keeping all my eggs in one bastard." (when a friend asked her how to get rid of his cat)

"Have you tried curiosity?"

(To an actor who kept talking of his 'schedule' using the British pronunciation,) "If you don't mind my saying so, I think you're full of skit."


Dorothy Parker


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