Thursday, August 10, 2006
Personal Asides: Dorothy Parker Slightly Scatological Mitt Romney A Cautionary Word about Language in Readers Comments
Dorothy Parker: Turn Off Your Search Engines.
Dorothy Parker was, as you know, the most clever writer and phrase-maker of her time (in the 1920s-30s) with her bon mots slightly but tastefully (I think) pale blue. Lets see how many of these you know.
1. A Famous One. Attending a cocktail party populated by skimpily dressed, starlets desirous of making it big on either Broadway or Hollywood, Parker looked at them and said what?
2. Reading a news story about a famous actress involved in a messy divorce legal battle who happened to break her leg, Parker looked up from her newspaper and said what?
3. Asked at a party to originate an aphorism using the word horticulture Parker thought for a second and then said what?
Friend Frank Nofsinger asks this Blogs opinion of Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts, for president. For no especial reason, he doesnt seem to strike a spark here. There would be an overriding reason to this Blogs mind for Giuliani (if he would re-do his social views) since hes every inch a hero from 9/11 and failing that (since time is running out for Rudy with this Blog), Newt Gingrich, whose intellectual prowess is unexcelled. For the life of me I cant get warmed up about Romney but I dont really have a good reason why. Sorry.
A Cautionary Word.
This Blog loves and respects hearty and robust expression of views in Readers Comments here as it does on the radiobut recently at least one writer has come close to the line. There is no place for anti-Semitism or anti-anything in this Blog and we think we can detect one writer who comes perilously close to it when he writes about the Middle East. While this Blog doesnt object to people writing how stupid it is, it does vehemently resent attacks on the man it identifies as its hero, Henry Hyde. The same writer who strayed close to the line on anti-Semitism dealt a highly unfair and inflammatory attack on Hydes character which this Blog deeply resents. There is no place for that kind of stuff and if it continues well have to disqualify the writer from continuing. The writer knows full-well who he is.