Algonquin Round Table

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  1. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    Parkerisms

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  2. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    I'd like to see Dorothy and Tallulah in a cage match, with a couple bottles of scotch and some cocaine thrown in.:eek:
     
  3. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    [bad] Tu facile oblectare te, Rambler.

    Dorothy Parker
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  4. HadleyH

    HadleyH I'll Lock Up

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    More Dorothy

    "Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
    A medley of extemporanea;
    And love is a thing that can never go wrong,
    And I am Marie of Roumania"

    love that one lol :D
     
  5. K.D. Lightner

    K.D. Lightner Call Me a Cab

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    Hadley -- Oh, that was a good one. I had forgotten that one!

    karol
     
  6. Shearer

    Shearer Practically Family

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    Ah, I didn't notice this thread til today.

    I love Dorothy & Co, and use one of her lines for my sig, which really goes "The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue."

    There's also one from her ad work days which I didn't see here:

    "Brevity is the soul of lingerie." lol
     
  7. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.

    Dorothy Parker
    :)
     
  8. Shearer

    Shearer Practically Family

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    Also, there's a good book called Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties.

    It's a year by year look at the lives of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edna Ferber and Zelda Fitzgerald that goes from 1920 to 1930. A lot of other folks from the period show up as well, and it reads almost like fiction.
     
  9. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    I'll have to snag that one! :)
     
  10. At one point, Dorothy Parker had a caged bird which she named "Onan."


    Someone asked her why the bird was called Onan.


    "Because he spills his seed upon the ground" was Parker's reply.



    (If you don't get it, read your Bible! ;))

    .
     
  11. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika.

    Dorothy Parker
     
  12. Parker's review of a Broadway play: "The House Beautiful is The Play Lousy."

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  13. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    In 1926 Bob Benchley was assigned to review The Squall, a gypsy romance just opened on Broadway. The verdict was not positive.

    Leading lady: Me Nubi. Nubi good girl. Nubi stay.

    Benchley: Me Benchley. Benchley bad boy. Benchley go.
     
  14. anselmo1

    anselmo1 One of the Regulars

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  15. Shearer

    Shearer Practically Family

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    Good point! Here's Harpo, top center for anyone interested:

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    And in his own words:

    "I've played piano in a whorehouse. I've smuggled secret papers out of Russia. I've spent an evening on the divan with peggy Hopkins Joyce. I've taught a gangster mob how to play Pinchie Winchie. I've played croquet with Herbert Bayard Swope while he kept Governor Al Smith waiting on the phone. I've gambled with Nick the Greek, sat on the floor with Greta Garbo, sparred with Benny Leonard, horsed around with the Prince of Wales, played Ping-pong with George Gershwin. George Bernard Shaw has asked me for advice. Oscar Levant has played private concerts for me at a buck a throw. I have golfed with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. I've basked on the Rivera with Somerset Maugham and
    Elsa Maxwell. I've been thrown out of the casino at Monte Carlo.

    Flush with triumph at the poker table, I've challenged Alexander Woollcott to anagrams and Alice Duer Miller to a spelling match. I've given lessons to some of the world's greatest musicians. I've been a member of the two most famous Round Tables since the days of King Arthur -- sitting with the finest creative minds of the 1920's at the Algonquin in New York, and with Hollywood's sharpest professional wits at the Hillcrest.

    The truth is, I had no business doing any of these things. I couldn't read a note of music. I never finished the second grade. But I was having too much fun to recognize myself as an ignorant upstart."
     
  16. Katt in Hat

    Katt in Hat A-List Customer

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    One of Parker's best...

    ¬øWhat fresh hell is this?

    A line attributed many times to Shakespeare but actually it's from American author/critic/poet and wit Dorothy Parker. She is reported to have exclaimed "What fresh hell is this?" when her train of thought was interrupted by a telephone. She then started using it in place of "hello" when answering the phone or a knock at her door.
     
  17. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    Interestingly, the Marx Brothers all concur that their youngest sibling, Zeppo, was the funniest and wittiest member of the troupe, by far.[huh]
     
  18. Shearer

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    Admittedly, I'm not much of a Marx fan (feel free to beat me, Marx lovers!) but I always did love Harpo for some reason. Perhaps I need to take the brothers' advice and revisit some of their films.
     
  19. CharlieH.

    CharlieH. One Too Many

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    Harpo sure looks alot like Groucho in this picture.
     
  20. Shearer

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    So Dottie got the Jehovah's Witness/Mormon/Girl Scouts/energy saving window solicitors too.

    I think I'll have to try this out as a greeting...
     

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