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!
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.