The Gaggle of Joyless, Sarcastic Introverts

1930’s nickname for the Thursday-night literary poker game at the Algonquin Hotel. Regulars included George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, John Dos Passos, Oscar Levant, King Farouk of Egypt and Theda Bara. Thanks to the bitter repartee, their usual room, #538, became known as “The Black Hole of Pal-Cutta.”

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