Today is Dorothy Parker’s birthday. A poet, critic, screenwriter and satirist, Parker made a name for herself by writingly darkly witty and vicious essays and poems. She began her career as a journalist, writing for outlets like Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, before coming into her own as a poet and author. And eventually moved to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter, where she penned the Oscar-nominated “A Star Is Born” and “Smash Up: The Story Of A Woman.” She was known for her morbid, salacious humor. Witness her poem Résumé: Keep reading »
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“I like to have a Martini, two at the very most; three, I’m under the table, four I’m under my host!” These are the wise (and true!) words of the writer Dorothy Parker, famed for her biting wit. While you’re busy getting your hands on one of her many volumes of writing, impress the entire New Yorker staff with intellectual you are by hanging up a poster of Dorothy Parker in your pad. It’s time to take down that N’Sync poster, anyway, girl.
It makes me feel better that my lady writer hero, Dorothy Parker, also suffered occasionally from writer’s block. She sent this telegram to her editor, Pascal Covici, because she was so ashamed she couldn’t even look him “in the voice.” What a fabulous line, by the way. I have a feeling what she wrote was probably amazing. Ah, the writer’s curse. Nowadays, if I’m suffering a brain freeze, I just send an apologetic email to Amelia about my “incompetence.” Maybe I should start sending telegrams instead. [Letters of Note] Keep reading »