Friday, January 9, 2009

Dorothy Parker Friday. Part Two.

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,

A medley of extemporanea;

And love is a thing that can never go wrong,

And I am Marie of Romania.

That Dorothy Parker, eh?

What a card!

I think my favourite DP story relates (from memory) to her honeymoon. An old friend asked at the front desk of the hotel where DP was staying, whether she could come up and visit.

“Tell her to come back tomorrow,” DP replied “I’ll be too fucking busy or visa versa.”

21 comments:

squib said...

I've thought of a mnemonic so we can remember which Dorothy is which. It's along the lines of remembering what portside is

'There is always port down under'

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I was taught "Is there any port left".

I'm a bit fuzzy about how this helps us with Dorothy Parker.

squib said...

Well if you know Porter is Australian, then you know Parker is American. I always get them mixed up

wari lasi said...

I was taught "Is there any port left".

It's "Is there any red port left?" I think. Well that's what I remember anyway.

And Ramon, so are you a friend of Dorothy's then?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

In no sense of the phrase, Wari.

Although Dorothy Porter used to live down the road from me.

I would see her on the #86 tram.

squib said...

Porter had a beautiful poem in 'The Best Australian Poems 2008'. It was something to do with Aeneas and Dido but even if you didn't know that, it still rang crystal clear

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Did she talk about the #86 tram, Squib?

squib said...

No but I bet you could write a poem about seeing Porter on the #86 tram

I got a poem published about the #144 bus once

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

There is no longer Porter,
On the 86 tram,
Her ticket punched,
Her voice stilled.

She will no longer,
Alight lightly,
Going home through Melbourne rain,
To love.

catlick said...

I was taught "Is there any port left".
Having just completed a three day sailing course Ramon, I can tell you you are correct.

squib said...

A good effort Ramon!

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Thanks, Squib.

I think I'm better at spin-doctoring.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Have you joined the boating set, Catlick?

Mr E Discharge said...

It's a great way to meet buoys.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I think Catlick is more interested in the gulls.

catlick said...

"I think Catlick is more interested in the gulls."
Boom tish!
I liked sailing. The combination of art and science and technology is perfect for me.
I found the nursing/sailing terminology interesting. Tighten that sheet!

catlick said...

Ramon, Hayden is retiring (hurt) today. Your thoughts?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

It's probably for the best.

He's had a shocker of a season and he may as well go now rather than making a goose of himself in the Ashes.

Perseus said...

Obviously, Jesus doesn't love him enough.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Jesus is a handy left-arm spinner and a dab hand with the willow.

Jesus for the Ashes, I say.

Were Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper on the same stage at the same time, Pers.

Blimey!

Perseus said...

Yes, they were, and it was magical. Bailey at one stage called him a 'twat' but there were no fisticuffs thankfully - Ed was too busy rocking out to care I think.

Honestly, it was one of the best 45 minutes in rock history. They played only songs from the first three albums, and they played them loud and punk (I was worried they would do 'modern interpretations' of their classics, but no, they played classic interpretations and it was enormous, and very very loud - my ears are still ringing).

Highlights: '(I'm) Stranded' and 'Know Your Product' (of course), and a 10 minute full-on punk thrash extravanganzic orgasmic 'Demolition Girl'.