Dorothy Parker and the Santa Monica "Inkwell"

Last spring, I posted entries about the history of the "Inkwell" segregated beach front in Santa Monica and a search for Dorothy Parker's roots at the WGA. I've managed to combine my passions by inviting "Inkwell" historian Alison Jefferson to share her research at the first gathering of the Los Angeles chapter of the Dorothy Parker Society on Thursday, July 31st at 6:30 in the bar of the Casa Del Mar Hotel, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 581-5533

Ms. Jefferson's presentation covers the history of 'The Inkwell' -- the famously segregated beach of the '20s and '30s that existed directly beneath the windows of the present-day Casa del Mar. As chapter member Laura Picard recently noted, "Not much is known about the history of legalized segregation in Los Angeles, but it's an important part of our city's legacy -- and, moreover, an apt reminder for us of the "other" Dorothy Parker; not just the acerbic wit of the Algonquin, but also the champion of civil rights at the height of its unpopularity, and benefactress of the Martin Luther King Foundation and NAACP, to whom she willed her entire estate."

Along with all that seriousness, we'll also be keeping the spirit of the Round Table alive with as much wit and mayhem as we can provide, and libations the Casa del Mar can pour.

Email me at if you'd like to attend the event or learn more about the Society.

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