R.I. Plumber

Our builder used to be a plumber. In those days his team operated under the slogan, “Your sh** is our bread and butter.” Only in Rhode Island, right? Maybe we should invite him to blog on Algonquin Redux.

Party of Six

Reading Doug’s excellent post about the original Algonquin Round Table got me thinking about writers I’d love to have lunch with. (Served with a few rounds of cocktails, of course.) I pictured a circular table, covered by a crisp white cloth, with place settings for six. One of the chairs is mine. The other five are for writers I admire for one reason or another. Who would be excellent company? Who would I want advice from? Who could I listen to for hours? Since this Continue reading →

Top 10 Quotes from the Algonquin Round Table

Doug, great post yesterday about the Algonquin Round Table. I started trolling around the web to find out which of the original Algonquin participants said what. I capped Dorothy Parker at two quotes, though her wit was prolific! 10. Edna Ferber: “A closed mind is a dying mind.” 9. Harold Ross: “I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back Continue reading →