As a great fan of Dorothy Parker, it was a particular thrill to have my work published in her namesake literary journal. The editors of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes introduced this summer’s home-themed issue with DP’s own take on the subject:
Dorothy Parker was a notoriously indifferent housekeeper. Ashtrays overflowed, dogs pooped on the floor and dirty clothes mingled with the clean. As she once said, “All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends.”
While I share DP’s valuation of housework, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than home. For me “Homebodiness is the blessed state, home the sacred space.” Here’s “Home Body.”
Depression is real and can be debilitating, which is reason not to trivialize it by throwing the word around recklessly. But with our rich language at our disposal, we can find other, more nuanced ways, to describe those times when we’re merely bored, bothered, or bitchy.