Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This movie has me Beat!

by Dorothy Parker of the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries, by J.J. Murphy

Hollywood isn't much for realism or moralism. The only "ism" Hollywood believes in is plagiarism. 

A new film is coming out now called Kill Your Darlings. (What a coincidence! I know of a very entertaining book that came out not too long ago called Murder Your Darlings.) This new movie is about a murder among a group of New York writers and intellectuals. 

Again, an amazing coincidence! Because the book I just mentioned was also about a murder among a group of New York writers and intellectuals—and featured yours truly (as one of the writers, dear, not one of the intellectuals). 

The chief differences between the two are that Murder Your Darlings takes place in the Roaring 20s and is funny, and Kill Your Darlings is set in the 1940s and is decidedly not funny. (Oh, all right. The movie is based on a true incident, and the book is not.) 

The movie is about writers (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and the like) who eventually become the Beat Generationa school of writing hopped up coffee, drugs and hipster jazz music. I envy the generation its pleasure in its music. And that is all I envy it. 

The Beat Ones took themselves oh-so-seriously. I think we would take them more seriously if they did not. (Also, that Harry Potter plays Allen Ginsberg makes me Howlwith laughter.) 

Life is serious enoughthere's no need to Beat us over the head with it. 

Laugh with me, if you agree.

Dorothy Parker currently appears in A FRIENDLY GAME OF MURDER, the third book of the Algonquin Round Table Mystery series, available in print and e-book.

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  1. Perhaps there's a reason that no one called the 40s the Roaring 40s...

  2. Dorothy, you are undoubtedly more clever and fun, and probably have a superior sense of fashion as well. Though I must say that I suspect you would have enjoyed having a wizard in your group. He might have gotten you out of a few sticky situations.

    ~ Natasha

  3. Lol I thought I recognized that head on the poster ...