On Dorothy Parker’s birthday

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Oh Dottie, you acerbic raconteur, you satirist, you writer, you alcofrolic. What fun it must have been to be part of your circle. But how you suffered. A lady born before her time. Would you have been happier in today’s (comparatively) more liberal time? Your acid wit does seem perfectly suited to the 140 character ninja chop of twitter. Doubtless you’d be up there with the twitterati. You’d have demolished X Factor and it’s ilk. Tonight I’ll raise a cocktail to you and, as I often do, savour some of your finest quips:

[When the phone rang]. “What fresh hell is this?”


“If you want to know what God thought of money, just look at those he gave it too.”


“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”


“Tell him I was too fucking busy– or vice versa.”


“If you wear a short enough skirt, the party will come to you.”


“That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.”


“Ducking for apples — change one letter and it’s the story of my life.”


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  1. Cabmerlot
    23/08/2013 at 7:32 am (9 years ago)

    Marvellous! Bet she was superb fun.

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