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"...conflicts that came out of two million dollars a year, not a garret..."

More thoughts from Dorothy Parker, this time on the myth of the starving artist:

Being in a garret doesn’t do you any good unless you’re some sort of a Keats. The people who lived and wrote well in the twenties were comfortable and easy living. They were able to find stories and novels, and good ones, in conflicts that came out of two million dollars a year, not a garret. As for me, I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money. I hate almost all rich people, but I think I’d be darling at it.

I love her sensibility and, of course, her wit. "Big Blonde" is the only Parker I've read, but now I really want to read much more of her writing.

September 14, 2014 in Books | Permalink

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I have a collection of her works on the shelf at my little cabin in the woods. The trouble is, when there's daylight to read, I'm doing chores.

Posted by: Paul at Sep 15, 2014 4:52:01 AM