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Friday, August 22, 2008

Also Today In Author’s Birthdays

posted by on August 22 at 17:22 PM

I contend that, while Brendan Gill was a better writer than Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker is an incredibly important (and markedly more famous) figure for a reason. Sometimes it doesn’t come down to a contest about how good your writing is. Her contributions to civil rights and feminism are vitally important to this very day, in all sorts of unquantifiable ways. She totally deserves to have a birthday party. So nyah.

And in other news, today is also Ray Bradbury’s birthday! He is almost 115, give or take a decade or three. SF Signal celebrated by posting a video with a look into the far-away world of 2001:

Happy birthday to Bradbury and Parker, and apologies to Mr. Gill for suggesting that a lesser writer should be better known.

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Did Brendan Gill ever write anything as good as:

Lips that taste of tears, they say
Are the best for kissing

No, he didn't.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 6:26 PM

Ray Bradbury? I'm aware of his work.

Posted by Patrick | August 22, 2008 7:31 PM

Martin Prince for the win!

Posted by paulus | August 22, 2008 7:46 PM

The giant TV reminds me of the Telescreen in 1984. And I thought only burritos traveled by pneumatic tubes...

Posted by RainMan | August 22, 2008 8:57 PM

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