Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Culture Day



Dorothy Parker is one of my favorite literary figures. Everyone's heard her famous aphorism, "Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses." Here are some less-known quotations.

  • Her performance ran the gamut of emotions from A to B (of Katherine Hepburn)

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

  • You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.

  • Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

  • Heterosexuality isn’t normal – it’s just common.

And finally, one of her poems:

I love to have a martini
Two at the very most
After three I’m under the table
After four I’m under the host.

18 comments:

  1. OMG That is my NEW mantra!! Can I steal it??????

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  2. OMG That is my NEW mantra!! I mean MAY I steal it??????

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  3. I, too, love Dorothy Parker. I did know some of the quotes, but not all of them Even the ones you've heard before can still bring a smile to the lips, though!

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  4. Love the poem! I never know what to expect from you. I like that because I know that whatever you write will be a treat.

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  5. Hahaha! I love it. Thanks for the introduction.

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  6. What a woman! I had heard almost all of these but truthfully did not know they could all be attributed to her. I think I need to learn more about her.

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  7. Oh good....Vodka Mom read the poem. Perfect.

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  8. I love that line about that martini's. A friend once had that stenciled over their bar.

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  9. I think Dorothy Parker's also the one who said "I hate writing but I love having written." I feel like that every day! I wonder what Parker would have said about the blogosphere???

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  10. "Lips that taste of tears, they say, are the best for kissing" I have been a fan of dorothy parker since 1976.

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  11. Travel, trouble, music, art,
    A kiss, a frock, a rhyme -
    I never said they feed my heart,
    But still they pass my time.

    -Dorothy Parker, Faute de Mieux

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  12. I miss the days when you could be famous by being witty or droll... Good conversation is enjoying to me, because it's relatively scarce these days..

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  13. I love the martini one - a little too true.

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  14. How fun! Thank you for the introduction. I have known of Dorothy Parker, but never really aware.

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  15. Hmm, K, are you telling us something? Jk!

    These are fantastic. I immediately began thinking what you were with five martinis. Something about a post.

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  16. I love her stuff, and they made a movie about her I watched recently, although the name escapes me at the moment!

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  17. Ditto Dave's comment. I knew her for her cutting wit, but not that she took such a beautiful picture. Thank-you for an early morning laugh.

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