Comics: Intellectual Cocaine

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 wasn’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 — all comic strips,’ Parker wrote. ‘This is a statement made with approximately the same amount of pride with which one would say, ‘I’ve been shooting cocaine into my arm for the past 25 years.’ ”

(Found by “Mlle. Glass,” thanks)


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