Dorothy Parker: A Wit on the Distaff Side

Born today was Dorothy Parker

Whose verse was light with an undertone darker.

If life has you weighing the suicide way,

Before you go, wayfarer, read "Resume".


"There's little in taking or giving,
  There's little in water or wine;
This living, this living, this living
  Was never a project of mine.
Oh, hard is the struggle, and sparse is
  The gain of the one at the top,
For art is a form of catharsis,
  And love is a permanent flop,
And work is the province of cattle,
  And rest's for a clam in a shell,
So I'm thinking of throwing the battle ---
  Would you kindly direct me to hell." [Dorothy Parker]


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  • Loved her line "you can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think".

  • From the Algonquin Round Table to the blacklist, what a writer, what a life! And (according to Wikipedia) her suggested epitaph, "excuse my dust." I'm doing some further reading, thanks to you...

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