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INTERVIEW   (by Dorothy Parker)

The ladies men admire, I’ve heard,
Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light;
They’d rather stay at home at night.
They do not keep awake till three,
Nor read erotic poetry.
They never sanction the impure,
Nor recognize an overture.
They shrink from powders and from paints …

So far, I’ve had no complaints.

Dorothy Parker (born Dorothy Rothschild, 1893 –1967) was an American short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and critic. She was best known for her witty- and often acerbic- remarks, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. She worked on such magazines as Vogue and Vanity Fair, and as a book reviewer for The New Yorker. When in Hollywood, her successes in screenwriting. were curtailed when her involvement in left-wing politics resulted in the being placed on the Hollywood blacklist.

In 1988, the National Association for the Advancement…

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