What Fresh Hell Is This?

by Rachel Baker on August 26, 2014

Ah, Dorothy Parker…if you haven’t read her, you should. It might actually change your life. Maybe reading her won’t change your life, but its worth taking time to get to know a bit of her writing.

Dorothy Parker’s Art of Fiction interview, from 1956, has always been among my favorites. She has no interest in glamorizing her reputation. She has scant regard for her much-vaunted wit. From the interview’s introduction: “Readers of this interview … will find that Mrs. Parker had only contempt for the eager reception accorded her wit.” “Why, it got so bad,” she had said bitterly, “that they began to laugh before I opened my mouth.” I can’t think of an interview more honest, or more generous. She refuses to call herself a serious writer, saying:

Fresh Hell

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