Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give;
Gas smells awful; You might as well live.
Dorothy Parker was such an interesting character. A career journalist in an era when most women were homemakers, and a forthright and witty speaker in an era when most women let their husbands do the talking, she was one of the leading literary lights of New York for several decades. Mrs. Parker was one of the legendary group of writers who populated the famous Round Table at New York City's Algonquin Hotel, claiming lunchtime as thei private and very witty domain. Her books and essays read as crisp and witty today as they did when they were new.
The Dorothy Parker Society is devoted to highlighting New York sites associated with Mrs. Parker and has some great activities planned, if one is lucky enough to be planning a trip to New York City this month.
Here is a site with a Parker biography and numerous reviews and other links. This site profiles Dorothy and offers links to numerous Parker poems and essays. This one is a fun and flip look at Dorothy's literary output.
The dog days are here. Burned out on the summer's beach books? Take a look backward to the days of the Round Table and laugh out loud with Dorothy Parker.