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[ Read Online The Viking Portable Library: Dorothy Parker Ç bolsheviks PDF ] by Dorothy Parker â I have a major literary crush on Parker.
I'm a sucker for a funny line, and Parker had a lot of those.
I enjoyed this book enormously.
I used to love it.
I still like it a great deal.
Her writing has not changed, it is still rich and full of wonderful words arranged into beautiful, sentences, clever paragraphs.
The whole work still has great value.
Dorothy Parker's legendary acerbic wit amused me no end as a young woman.
What has changed is my perspective.
As I have gotten older, I have come to view it as an internal rage, vented upon everyone around her.
She remains a great read, but now I feel just a little bit sorrier for her than I did in younger days.
I'm guessing she experienced more than a bit of Women's Oppression Sickness, and the rapier tongue was a way of responding to a culture that often devalued literary women.
My own background is in Women's and gay and lesbian studies.
Parker was a legend in her time, and deservedly This portable library of short stories, poems and reviews by the author, poet and critic Dorothy Parker was loaned by a friend who attached the following advice: "Parker might be best digested one bite at a time.
" Over the past two months, I've been doing that, eating lunch and digesting Parker's wit twenty pages at a time.
My first impression, which I was proud of myself for making at the time, was that these pieces read like something that would appear in the New Yorker.
I soon discovered that Parker was considered instrumental in making the New Yorker into the New Yorker; founded in 1925 by Harold Ross, the magazine published Parker's work irregularly from 1926 to 1955.
When I think of "the New Yorker short story" I think of tofu; healthy and totally lacking in flavor.
These droll literary observations of modern living would I thought everyone knew who Dorothy Parker was, regardless if everyone has read her or not.
But then recently I mentioned at work that I was reading her and the guy I was talking to said "Oh, who is Dorothy Parker?"
I read a lot of these stories back in my early 20s, which I think was the right time to read Dorothy Parker for the first time.
I was much more impressed back then, like most readers in their early 20s are.
But what's funny is that as the yeas have passed, I realized I forgot most of these stories, or at least what most of the stories were about.
Returning now in my late 30s I can still appreciate the sardonic wit Parker is best known for, but I've had many more years of my own jading happ Well, I know just how she feels, which might be why I don't always enjoy this stuff so much.
Reading Parker is a bit like having an IM conversation with myself, if I were a lot smarter, a much better writer, and a way bigger alcoholic.
So you want to write? Pick up this collection of poetry, short stories, essays, and criticism and bow to the master.
Looking for a cutting remark? Dorothy Parker already said it, and said it best.
But the sharpness of her critical knife and the sharpness of her wit do not undercut, and in fact enhance, the truly earned moments of deep feeling that keep her characters from being merely brittle.
After I wrote a particularly scathing review of the unedited rerelease of Apocalypse Now for my Critical Reviewing class in college (actual line from the review: "Around the third hour or so, I became convinced that the real genius of this film was not Coppola himself but rather the person who forced him to cut at least an hour out of Apocalypse Now in the first place"), my professor compared me to Dorothy Parker.
Or maybe he just suggested I read her, but my ego prefers the first version.
Anyway, seven years after this recommendation, I finally bought myself a copy of this book.
It took me another full year to summon the courage to crack open the 600pluspage tome.
Six months later, I have finally finished it.
For those of you keeping track at home, that means it Such a witty woman.
I want to have lunch with her and listen to the ramblings of a dark, entertaining mind.
She wrote humorous poems about how bad she is at committing suicide.
She talked about the men in her life the same way us guys talk about women.
A Certain Lady by Dorothy Parker
Oh, I can smile for you, and tilt my head,
And drink your rushing words with eager lips,
And paint my mouth for you a fragrant red,
And trace your brows with tutored fingertips.
When you rehearse your list of loves to me,
Oh, I can laugh and marvel, rapturouseyed.
And you laugh back, nor can you ever see
The thousand little deaths my heart has died.
And you believe, so well I know my part,
That I am gay as morning, light as snow,
And all the straining things within my heart
You'll never know.
today the Algonquin Hotel bar offers for the ultimate fan the "Mrs.
Parker" = a $15 cosmopolitan.
If you're as nerdy as me, you'll bring the book with you to read while you nurse the shit out of a week's food money.
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