Dorothy Parker

Written by ELLEN MEISTER

Here’s a trivia question to try out at a cocktail party: What famous figure of the Jazz Era started her career as a caption writer for Vogue, referencing Shakespeare when she described a skimpy garment with the phrase “Brevity is the soul of lingerie”?

Chances are, many will know it was Dorothy Parker. But here’s something they might not know. The famously acerbic wit, who could shatter an opponent in a single barb, had a soft heart when it came to injustice.

Renowned as a member of the Algonquin Round Table, Dorothy Parker was also known as a theater critic, short story writer, essayist, book reviewer, screenwriter and poet. She is famous for such withering quotes as, “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force,” and “That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.”

As a theater critic, she wrote, “The House Beautiful is, for me, the play lousy,” and once complained that a performance by Katharine Hepburn “ran the gamut of emotions from A to B.” Parker was also known for the darkness of her poetry, which was often humorous but macabre, with its focus on death and suicide.

But her sharp tongue and dark spirit belied the tender heart that drove her activism, and inspired the surprising contents of her will.

Read more here:

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/04/20/dorothy-parker-the-softer-side-of-the-sharpest-wit/

New discoveries…

Listening to the radio Sunday night…  Claire Jones (harp) has a new cd out called Journey and it is fantastic, we especially like “Ladies in Lavender” click here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ladies-in-lavender/id963179809?i=963179810 .

Also Vltava Bedrich Smetana Conductor: David Parry, Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra see: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ma-vlast-my-fatherland-vltava/id410805509?i=410805543

And Julian Lloyd Webber’s new album And The Bridge Is Love https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bridge-is-love-english-music/id967031052

Dad has purchased these from iTunes for us…

 


In the episodes:
1. Caffeinated Concert Tickets
2. Death Punchies
3. Grilled Cheese Deluxe
4. Mordecai And The Rigbys
5. My Mom
6. High Score
7. First Day
8. Go Viral
9. Karaoke Video
10. Karaoke Video
11. Slam Dunk
12. Weekend At Benson’s
13. Skips Vs. Technology
14. Eggscellent
15. Big Winner
16. Fuzzy Dice
17. Starter Pack
18. TGI Tuesday
19. Guys Night
20. Do or Diaper
21. A Bunch Of Full Grown Geese
22. Picking Up Margaret

Grace Potter…

Grace Potter is fantastic on this song.


Mandy Moore is the actress in the movie and also sings many of the songs herself.