Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

On June 7, 1967, poet, author, and critic for The New Yorker Dorothy Parker died of a heart attack at the age of 73. Legendary as one of the guiding spirits of the Algonquin Round Table and expert and the searing and pointed bon mot, Parker did not relish her reputation as a wise-cracker, famously saying “There’s a hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it. Wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words.” 40 years before her death, she had written on the subject in the famous work, Resume: “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.”

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