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Our Thanksgiving Salon: How To Eat!

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

We touched upon the Algonquin Round Table in this earlier post but the group of NYC thinkers has inspired another question I wanted to toss your way for this Thanksgiving Day salon. The Round Table members worked together only once when they created a revue called “No Sirree!” but the relationships the group built and attention they gained helped launch a Hollywood career for Robert Benchley. Have your collaborations in the virtual Algonquin of social media helped your career in any way? If so, how?

 

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In reviewing the film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Roger Ebert wrote of Benchley’s close pal, “Dorothy Parker was the wittiest of the Algonquin crowd, and the one whose work has survived the best. And probably she was the saddest, too; she never won her true love, drank too much, and her wonderful talent rarely broke free from the wisecracks and the booze.” He added that her credo was, “Let’s go wild tonight! There’s plenty of time to do nothing once you’re dead.”

 

Of the film, the famed critic said, The great achievement of Alan Rudolph’s Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is that it allows us to empathize with Dorothy Parker on her long descent. That is largely because of the performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh in the title role, as a small, pretty, tough alcoholic—a woman who found unhappiness in love affairs and two marriages (to the same man) and spent a lifetime in love with another man, whom she never married.

 

 

That was the humorist Robert Benchley, whose short subjects used to play before feature films in the 1930s and 1940s, and who was once as famous as he is now forgotten. I read everything he wrote when I was young, and thought Benchley had to be the nicest, as well as the funniest, man alive (James Thurber was as funny, but not nice). Campbell Scott plays Benchley in “Mrs. Parker” with a detached, almost studious niceness that is just right: If he tried any harder, he’d seem to want to be nice, and of course the Algonquin wits lived in fear of ever seeming to want to be anything.

We’re grateful for all of our social media pals as we close this Thanksgiving salon and ease into the holidays. To read all of our Adroyt Salon posts, the link takes you to the tag where they are gathered.

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2 thoughts on “Our Thanksgiving Salon: How To Eat!

  1. The collaborations in the group helped my career in much the same way as an English degree helped me get and keep a job. There is no direct path of this caused that but rather a tapestry of stuff woven in with this piece of yarn and that, maybe a borrowed rag or two. I think our culture so obsessed with ROI or causation that we forget most of the stuff worth doing cannot really be justified. On the surface, it all looks so silly but sparks this or that inspiration that leads to those thoughts that change the world in ways we never thought possible if we had set out to create the path. I often wonder how many great thinkers we lose who may have inspired an entire generation if only someone would not have asked, “What kind of career will you ever expect to get doing THAT?”I wonder if anyone in the Algonqin Group ever thought the time spent jabbering was a waste of time?

  2. I doubt they did, Rufus. I imagine they were being “fed” intellectually and creatively so it would have never occurred to them (plus they must have had a fabulous time)! I was watching the film the “Mountains of the Moon” last evening and I thought about RIO. It’s about the explorer Richard Burton, who was obsessed with finding the source of the Nile. In the process, he was stabbed clear through the jaw with a Native African’s spear, had his legs broken, was imprisoned and flogged repeatedly. I wonder who would say the ROI was worth it in this day and age but who would argue (concurrently) that those explorers of old inspire like no one else? I have to say that social media has benefitted me greatly so I am in the camp of the yay-sayers where gaining positive impacts on life and career are concerned. When my print career vanished, almost overnight, right before my eyes, I just somehow knew I had to transition my career to online. I’m so glad I didn’t second-guess myself and wait or not get in the game at all. My life/work would have suffered greatly for it. Thanks, as always, for stopping in and taking time to comment. This salon, I believe, is my next step up in finding a satisfying way to “use” 3.0 to attain my goal of living a life filled with passionate engagement…

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