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Lady Gaga Puts Her Own Unique Spin on LA-New York Debate

For the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar, contributor Derek Blasberg recently sat down with Lady Gaga at a small New York City recording studio.

First order of business is what she was wearing (as always, impressively thrown together). Third order of business involves her newly accented horn-like bone protrusions (we all have them, she insisted). And the penultimate order of business turns out to be one of the most hilarious descriptions of LA we’ve ever heard from a self-professed east coaster:

Gaga says that once she had become a household name, she felt pressured to move to the pop-culture mecca that is Los Angeles… Suffice to say, it didn’t work out.

“I put my toe in that water, and it was a Kegel-exercise vaginal reaction where I clenched and had to retract immediately,” she says in a very vivid metaphor. “I ran furiously back to New York, to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars.”

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Dot Parker Society Makes For Strange Drinking Bedfellows

dps3.jpgDorothy Parker might have been replete with witty epithets at every turn, so it makes sense that epithet-strewing bloggers would be her biggest fans, and perhaps by default, the most strident members of her club.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Dorothy Parker Society convened last night in one of Parker’s former watering holes, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Pictured at a night of serious Parker-style imbibing were: Brian Diedrick, vice president of the Parker Society and blogger at; Adrienne Crew, President of the Parker Society and blogger for; Anthony McCartney, courthouse reporter for Associated Press in L.A.; Gretchen Parker, blogger at; Jessica Weil, an online media consultant; and FBLA’s Dan Cox.

The group started out with a round of drinks (note glasses on table), then followed that up with more drinks. Then after suffering through a semi-dramatic reading of Parker’s “A Christmas Fable,” got back to more drinking. In all, there were plenty of mordant laughs (and did we mention the drinks?) as Crew was determined to set up a Dorothy Parker-style party at Chateau Marmont (where, she dutifully explained, Parker resided from 1940-42). No word on whether she was serious, but seriously serious about the effort.

Meanwhile, it was the biting lines she wrote that were Parker’s passion. And she was most eloquent when it came to her favorite sport: drinking.

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I’m under the table,
after four I’m under my host.

We couldn’t say it any better ourselves.

Dorothy Parker Still Lives At Bev Wilshire

dotparker.jpgThe Los Angeles chapter of the Dorothy Parker Society will — what else? — have a drink at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel tonight, just a few minutes from one of Parker’s Beverly Hills houses.

Parker and her literate cronies would meet at the Beverly Wilshire each week to regale each other with witty repartee…or maybe just to eat. Her regular group included, among others, James Cagney, Sidney Skolsky, Robert Benchley, Clifford Odets, Gilbert Roland, Cedric Hardwicke and Peter Lorre.

Now, there are just a few die-hards left who like to remember the good ol’ days…or they just like to drink. Parker Society will convene at 7:30 p.m.