Today is Dorothy Parker’s birthday. Famous for her biting wit, Parker wrote for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, before making her mark as a screenwriter (A Star is Born). You can still see her infamous Round Table at New York’s Algonquin Hotel, where she held court with Robert Benchley and Harpo Marx, among other writers of the twenties, and established it as New York City’s eternal literary flame.
Her short stories are online, and her quotes still float into conversation. Some of my favorites:
The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant – and let the air out of the tires.
I don’t care what is written about me as long as it isn’t true.
She won the O’Henry Award for Big Blond, but her classic, The Telephone Call, reminds me of high school.
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