We often enjoy a beverage or two at MRU meet-ups. We’ve had our cups of hot coffee, glasses of ice tea in the summer, plus servings of Belgian beer, mojitos and red wine at happy hour. As it’s a wet, snowy week before the Spring Festival holiday begins, we were in the mood for a literary drink in New York City…
Dorothy Parker was often called the “Guinevere of the Round Table,” referring to the Algonquin Round Table, of which she was a founding member. She contributed more than a 100 pieces to The New Yorker from 1925 to 1963. Somerset Maugham said of Parker that “what gives her writing its peculiar tang is her gift for seeing something to laugh at in the bitterest tragedies of the human animal.” Parker’s satire Good Souls first appeared in Vanity Fair June 1919 and is available online on American Literature.
Parker wrote: “A Good Soul thinks he is just like anyone else. Nothing could convince him otherwise. It is heartrending to see him, going cheerfully about, even whistling or humming as he goes, all unconscious of his terrible plight.”
“When I first came to New York I spent a great deal of time knocking around the streets,” O. Henry (born William Sydney Porter) told The New York Times in 1909. In the The Voice of the City, O.Henry wrote: “I have a fancy that every city has a voice. Each one has something to say to the one who can hear it. What does the big one say to you?”