What Do You Think Of . . . ?

As I was perusing my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary the other day, I noticed that there were several entries for specific cities.  I found it quite interesting and informative.  Here are a few.

Boston: “A city with champagne tastes and beer pocketbooks.”  (Alan Friedberg)

Chappaquiddick: “The name of a place brought up by political candidates every time they say they are not going to bring it up.” (Mose Russell)

Chicago: “Virgin territory for whorehouses.”  (Al Capone)

Dublin: “A place that’s much worse than London, but not so bad as Iceland.”  (Samuel Johnson)

Edmonton: “Not exactly the end of the world . . . but you can see it from there.”  (Ralph Klein)

Hollywood: “Where people from Iowa mistake each other for movie stars.”  (Fred Allen)

Las Vegas: “A place with all kinds of gambling devices — roulette tables, slot machines, wedding chapels.”   (Stanley Davis)

Los Angeles: “Seventy-two suburbs in search of a city.”  (Dorothy Parker)

Oxford: “Like a chat show, but with more people.”  (Alan Coren)

Paris: “A city asleep — and snoring loudly.”  (Ned Rorem)

Venice: “Like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.”  (Truman Capote)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone


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