Quotation by Dorothy Parker

You cannot go ten yards, on any thoroughfare, without being passed by some Rotarian of Literature, hurrying to attend a luncheon, banquet, tea, or get-together, where he may rush about from buddy to buddy, slapping shoulders, crying nicknames, and swapping gossip of the writing game. I believed for as long as possible that they were on for their annual convention, and I thought they must run their little span and disappear, like automobile shows, six-day bicycle races, ice on the pavements, and such recurrent impedimenta of metropolitan life. But it appears that they are to go on and on. Their fraternal activities are their livings—more, their existences.
Dorothy Parker (1893–1967), U.S. author and humorist. Constant Reader, ch. 13 (1970).

From a column dated February 11, 1928; Parker was describing literary life in New York City, where she lived.
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