Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Really Random Tuesday #23: A Book Winner, and Dorothy Parker Quotes

First things first. The winner of Dancing with Gravity by Anene Tressler is dogboi. Congratulations! I hope you'll enjoy the book as much as I did.

If you didn't win this time, don't despair! There are many other giveaways listed on the right side of this blog, so why not try your luck again?


By chance, I stumbled upon this quote, which appealed to my snarky side:
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."
I had just discovered an inimitable writer.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American author, poet, and satirist, was a legendary figure in the New York literary scene, who wrote sketches and short stories. Many of them were published in The New Yorker, and her column, 'Constant Reader', was very popular.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

~Dorothy Parker Quotes~
"Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves."

"I've never been a millionaire but I just know I'd be darling at it."

"The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue."

"The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity."

I didn't know she was responsible for these pithy sayings:

"Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone."
"Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses."

On Mel's blog, The Reading Life, I found some links for online short stories by Dorothy Parker. I enjoyed reading A Telephone Call, which showcases her talents as a writer of short fiction.


Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of. If you're inspired by this idea, feel free to copy the button and use it on your own blog. Please leave a link in the comments if you’re participating and I'll add it to this post.

For another Really Random Tuesday post, please visit Raimy-rawr's blog, Readaraptor!.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Thanks for your Really Random Tuesday, sorry I didn't join in this week. x

  2. Congrats dogboi, Happy Reading.

    I can't say I ever read anything Ms. Parker wrote other than her quotes. May have to take a look at the short story.

  3. Thanks. I'm so glad I won! And Dorothy Parker, btw, is one of my favorite poets. Resumé is my favorite Dorothy Parker poem, but she has written many other great poems. Here's Resumé


    Razors pain you;
    Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you;
    And drugs cause cramp;
    Guns aren't lawful;
    Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful;
    You might as well live.

    Dorothy Parker

  4. Vivienne, no worries--you posted a great interview!

    dogboi, thanks for stopping by and posting Resumé.

    I appreciate all of the comments, and welcome more.

  5. Hi,
    I came across really random Tuesday through Viv at serendipity, I posted my own random post today, hope you dont mind, its a little piece about my tattoos, what they mean to me and my musings about what book-related tat I can get next!! :D
    Raimy @ readaraptor.blogspot.com

  6. Congratulations to the winner!

    I love the quotes! I think I would be a darling millionaire too! LOL

  7. Congrats to the winner.
    Gotta luv the Dorothy Parker quotes. I like the one about sharpening her tongue in the morning...lol.

  8. Raimy-rawr, thanks for doing RRT! I will add a link to this post. :)

  9. Great post. I love those quotes. Thanks for introducing me to Dorothy Parker.

    Oh and congrats to the winner!

  10. The sharpest wit at a table of sharp wits. Parker is one of my favorites. Great quotes, Suko! And I'm glad dogboi cited "Resume" it's a perfect showcase (also, sadly, true; she tried most of those forms of suicide).

  11. ds, you're right; the poem is dark but also humorous, and shows her triumph against depression and suicidal tendencies. I almost posted it myself. I was pleased to learn that dogboi considers Dorothy Parker to be a favorite poet--a nice coincidence.

    I appreciate all the comments. :)

  12. I hadn't heard of Dorothy Parker before now but I would love to check her out after reading that quote. Thanks for sharing :P

  13. I loved all the quotes. I hope the winner enjoys the book--congrats

  14. Glad you discovered Parker-I will post on more of her stories soon, I hope

  15. Congratulations to your winner! I know that she is going to love the book. I also have not read any Parker, but have wanted to for a long time. I love the poem that you shared with us, and now I am eager to try something for myself!

  16. Good Quotes, Suko, and a very beautiful photo ! I think I read a Dorothy Parker's book a few yeaurs ago, but I 'll put her on my readind list again !

  17. Congrats to the winner! One of these days I'm going to participate in this meme. It's a great one.

  18. Nice quotes and thanks for introducing me to a new author Dorothy Parker

  19. Love the quotes. I'd heard a few of these before and didn't know who to attribute them to.

  20. I just read Dorothy Parker's short story "Big Blond"-it seems to be known as her best short story-I really liked it-a very powerful story-thanks again for the mention-


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