Thursday, April 18, 2019
A to Z: Letters to Dead Writers: Dorothy Parker
This month I'm writing one post for each letter of the alphabet, all on the theme of "Letters to Dead Writers." You can see my theme reveal post here and learn more about the blogging challenge here.
Today's writer is Dorothy Parker
I first came to admire you for your quick wit and unapologetic snark. People quote you all the time without knowing it's you they quote:
Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone
Men seldom make passes At girls who wear glasses.
I hate writing, I love having written.
If you were writing today, you'd be a superstar on Twitter for your brief and expressive poniards.Your Constant Reader reviews are works of art in and of themselves, though I'm glad my own work never passed under your laser eyes. I'm not sure my skin is quite that thick yet!
Your short stories and poems capture the brave front in the face of disillusionment. I suspect your black humor was a coping mechanism for a lot of pain. Your suicide attempts showed that "Enough Rope" --the title of one of your poetry collections--was not just a joke. Your struggles were real and difficult, even when hidden behind a witty remark.
Once you moved on to Hollywood, you worked on so many amazing projects, writing for A Star is Born and The Little Foxes, bringing your sharp tongue into play on some very memorable dialogue. Your words in Bette Davis's mouth? Whew!
I didn't really know about your political life until recently, but you were never afraid to take a stand, even an unpopular one. The world needs more women like you.
Thanks for teaching me that it's okay not to be nice sometimes.