Monday, September 26, 2011

Recycling a classic trashing

Dorothy Parker (©1939 Culver Pictures)
The mark of a great writer is that he steals only from the best. Phil Lawler is aiming for such greatness.

The template is Dorothy Parker's review of the 1933 film The Lake: "[Katharine Hepburn] ran the whole gamut of emotions from A to B, and put some distance between herself and a more experienced colleage [Alison Skipworth] lest she catch some acting from her." As Elliott Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss) said in The Goodbye Girl, "If you're going to kill me, kill me with panache."

Phil Lawler wrote this about a series of "talks" being promoted by two Catholic colleges and two non-denom divinity schools entitled “More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church":

Finally the series will wind up at Fairfield—like Fordham, a Catholic school—for a discussion of pastoral care for homosexuals. The roster of speakers at the last session spans the spectrum of Catholic thought from A to B: from those who think the Church should be more accepting of homosexuals, to those who think the Church should be much more accepting of homosexuals.
Now, you may not be able to put new wine into an old wineskin (Mt 9:17; cf. Mk Mk 2:22, Lk 5:37), but you can put old wine into a new wineskine, and give new life to an old insult. My hat is off to you, Phil!