March 31st, 2005 | comics talk
“In 1943, when she was working in Hollywood, Dorothy Parker was one of the pre-eminent figures in the American intelligentsia. Her poems and critical writing in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair had made her a force to be reckoned with in highbrow circles; even if she wasnâ€™t revered in academic circles at that time, she was still a shining example of the liberal, educated mind.
“So a confession she made that year about the uneasy relationship that has always existed between intellectuals and the popular art form known as the comics was both startling and revelatory.
” ‘For a bulky segment of a century, I have been an avid follower of comic strips â€” all comic strips,’ Parker wrote. ‘This is a statement made with approximately the same amount of pride with which one would say, â€˜Iâ€™ve been shooting cocaine into my arm for the past 25 years.’ â€
(Found by “Mlle. Glass,” thanks)