Drinks with Dorothy Parker

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Celebrating Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967):

• “I'm not a writer with a drinking problem, I'm a drinker with a writing problem.”

• “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

“Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience"

• “Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.”

•  “I hate writing, I love having written.”

• “Tell him I was too fucking busy — or vice versa.”

• “I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”

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• Dorothy Parker's poem "Résumé" from Enough Rope:

"Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful,
Nooses give,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.”

• “The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”

• “So, you're the man who can't spell 'fuck.' (Dorothy Parker to Norman Mailer after publishers had convinced Mailer to replace the word with a euphemism, 'fug,' in his 1948 book, The Naked and the Dead.)" 

* Bio: "Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist."

• Above: Turn your audio OFF, then see how many names you recognize on the scrolling Hollywood blacklist in the video above. 

• Above: "The Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s & 1950s affected several hundred Hollywood writers, directors, actors, who were both persecuted and prosecuted by a group fearful of communist infiltration in the Hollywood film community … Many never worked again or had to work under pseudonyms." (Terrie Frankel)

 • "McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence ... The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries." (wikipedia)

• “Living well is the best revenge.” (Dorothy Parker)

• Apologies to Marc Chagall (R.I.P.) for Fizzdom's use of a portion of his painting, "The Birthday," in the animation at the top.