I feel the need…

…to explain.

The last post on “The Vicious Circle” and Dorthy Parker had to be one of the hardest posts that I have written to date and I, for the life of me, cannot explain why it was so hard to write.  I started that post over a week ago.  And the post was not that good.  You would think that after a week, I would be able to do a better job of it.  But alas, I can or could not.

Dorthy was a hottie!

Dorthy was a hottie!

I think I need to set some backdrop to the post and maybe that will shed some light on the subject.  You see, I am an idiot.  I know, it is not a news flash to most of you and for those that it was, well, you too, may be an idiot. 
I am always amazed about the things that I do not know.  Dorthy Parker was one of those things I did not know nor did I know about “The Vicious Circle” or  “The Algonquin Roundtable” until last week.  It was one of those moments when I awoke at 5am, kicked the cat off my chest and noticed that the TV was still tuned to the History Channel.  It began to play a documentary on “The Algonquin Roundtable”  I have to admit that at first, I was just trying to go back to sleep, but as the narrator continued, i became more and more interested.  The program only lasted about 25 minutes, but by the end of the program, I was enthralled. 
“Who is Dorthy Parker and why do I know so many of these quotes and do not know anything about this?” I kept asking myself.  This only sparked my curiosity.
The next day, because I had worked a double, but had not forgotten what I had seen the day before and I had started doing research on a post that was not related at all to this. (yes, I do research, sometimes)   I surfed through the first couple of sites that GOOGLE suggested, what pops up but “the roundtable”.  I immediately began a quest of knowledge and then began to know Dorthy and her roundtable.  
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”  (Dorthy Parker)
I think I may have fallen in love with a woman that died when I was 4 years old.  Such was the powerfulness of her words.  But then, again, we all have our frailties and I have since learned that she was a frail human.  She attempted suicide on more that one occasion, but yet lived to a old age.  I can not begin to understand the pressures that ruled her life or what made her do or say the things that she did.  I just know that she found another fan after all of these years.
I have to attribute the fact that I had such a hard time writing about this is the fact I had no clue Dorthy or the roundtable existed.  A very hard thing to admit for an amateur historian.  I have to say that I was blown away by the “Roundtable”.  I can not wait to learn more about it and the player that made up the vicious circle.
Of course, it could be alcohol… but no, no way. 

2 thoughts on “I feel the need…

  1. After a little research, I found her childhood left much to be desired. Her mother died by the time she was 5. Her father remarried and she refused to acknowledge her stepmother as anything but a “housekeeper”. I’m sure that type of attitude and lack of manners were not tolerated very well during that time frame. She seemed to be living during the wrong era. A strong personality and wit dampened by society, but she pressed forward to be outwardly successfully….who knows what she was really feeling inside; hence, the unsuccessful attempted suicides. She married 3 times, twice to the same man. Maybe he didn’t realize what he had until she was gone? Or maybe that was the reported bisexual one that couldn’t make up his mind. For someone who quoted herself as never going to be famous, she sure would be proud to read your post.

  2. Thank you Kimmyfly! As you can see, Dorthy is a very unique personality. Thanks for the info!

    Bisexual man in LA? Who knew?

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