Interesting article on the Algonquin round table

The Vicious Fun of America’s Most Famous Literary Circle: The Algonquin Round Table trained a generation of socially conscious writers.

[S]ome, like [Dorothy] Parker, used that exercise and training to take on a more significant social vision — and role. As Parker put it: “There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.”