- Location:Mah Chayuh
- Mood: grateful
- Music:Mana Mana
- Location:In front of the tv
- Mood: recumbent
- Music:aupres de ma blonde
- Location:just waking up
- Music:Morning Mood from Peer Gynt
- Location:In the Cave
- Mood: thoughtful
- Music: Harrigan, That's Me!
- Location:Awake, Unfortunately
- Music:The Road Goes Ever On And On
- Location:Mah Chayuh
- Music:Patrick Ball's rendition of "Castle Kelly"
Regina Barreca wrote, in the introduction to Parker's Collected Stories, that "Parker's wit caricatures the self-deluded, the powerful, the autocratic, the vain, the sill, and the self important; it does not rely on men and small formulas, and it never ridicules the marginalized, the sideline or the outcast. When Parker goes for the jugular, its usually a vein with blueblood in it."
According to Barreca, many of the critics of her time painted her as having "sold out" and "wasted herself by writing about narrow topics." Nevertheless, her works paved the way for other realist writings by intellectuals, and other writers, which transformed American thought. As a woman before her time, she represented with her witty and satirical writings a select few women who became independently successful. This was a difficult accomplishment during this period that was moving away from Victorian ideals--a time when women were just beginning to see that women can have their individual identities separate from their male counterparts.
Throughout literary history, many people have written works which have added to the tradition of the American Jeremiad. Much of Dorothy Parker’s literature is a good example of the American Jeremiad which has revolutionized American culture and beliefs. Her work has had a tremendous influence on women’s history. There have been continuing arguments over our nation’s founding principles: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Parker’s ideas brought to life a profoundly realistic depiction of the rampant sexism and inconsistencies between those principles and the various social classes, races, and sexes in the life of America in the 1920s. She stated, referring to the renegades of the 1920s,
They come clean with the news that war is a horrible thing, that injustice still exists in many parts of the globe even to this day, that the very rich are apt to sit appreciably prettier than the very poor. Even the tenderer matters are not smeared over with romance for them. They have taken a calm look at this marriage thing and they are there to report that it is not always a life long trip to Niagara Falls. You will be barely able to stagger when the evening is over. In fact, once you have heard the boys settling things it will be no surprise to you if any day now one of them works it all out that there is nothing to this Santa Clause idea. (Parker, quoted in introduction to Dorothy Parker: Complete Stories, p.xi.)
Her voice is still heard in quotes that are used without attribution all over the world, because they just absolutely express the bon mot, the exact right way to say it. Here are a few of my favorites:
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks."
"Heterosexuality is not normal, it's just common."
"That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can't say No in any of them."
"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy."
- Location:Somewhere else...
- Music:Eric Clapton, "White Room"
- Location:On my way to a long, hot bath
- Mood: tired
- Location:in bed
- Mood:calm and sleepy
- Music:Rock My Soul In The Bosom Of Abraham