Sunday, March 20, 2011

From the Wise Women of the Tribe

My friend Ignota, after long years has at last extricated herself from an unpropitious marriage.  Her husband was a piece of business; his father was the same.  Ignota's mother-in-law, counseling Ignota's daughter, advises:

Do not marry a man who is interesting

Dorothy Parker would have understood:
Authors and actors and artists and such
Never know nothing, and never know much.
Sculptors and singers and those of their kidney
Tell their affairs from Seattle to Sydney.
Playwrights and poets and such horses' necks
Start off from anywhere, end up at sex.
Diarists, critics, and similar roe
Never say nothing and never say no.
People Who Do Things exceed my endurance;
God, for a man who solicits insurance!
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