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Insults And Put-Downs, Algonquin-Style

(12) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:29 AM

Once upon a time, long before Internet trolls ruined the whole idea of the clever comeback, there was repartee. Eloquent raconteurs could take clever jabs at their opponents, no capital letters needed. Outrage was irrelevant. The only fuel was wit.

No group was better at this than the critics, playwrights,...

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Starring Dorothy Parker

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Dorothy Parker once said that in Hollywood, the streets are paved with Goldwyn. And while we all recognize that she was tweaking the movie mogul, she was certainly drawn to the money offered by the film industry. As passionate as she was for New York, Parker spent a number of...

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The Liveliest Dead Authors Online

(18) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 12:47 PM

A few years ago, when I got the idea to resurrect the ghost of Dorothy Parker in a novel (FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER/Putnam) I thought it would be fun to start a Facebook page in her name and connect with other fans. My idea was simple: I would post...

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