April 23

The Most of Nora Ephron

Hello, I’m  Ms K and  I am  addicted to Nora Ephron.

She is my literary drug.  There is no cure to this illness, and I don’t want one.  It’s love.

Run, don’t walk to your local bookshop and buy, buy, buy ANYTHING from Nora. You will be forever better for it. In fact buy ten of each of her books and give to your friends.  This is the Woodstock of books. Sharing is Caring.

I have been having a field day with Nora of late – I am boring everyone senseless with my instagram pics and facebook posts but I don’t give a dried fig.  I picked up ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’ at a recent #book_chat gathering and the fire for Nora was reignited ( I had read earlier pieces years ago and HeartBurn is one of my favourite books). During a recent trip to LA I had seen this newest offering ‘The Most of Nora Ephron’ and desperately regretted not picking it up (walking through customs with this book shoved down my pants because I had zero room left in my luggage screamed ‘Border Security’ fame alas). But after reading ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’ I ordered the book lickety-split from the US and in between I read ‘I Remember Nothing’ to feed the addiction.

The Most of Nora Ephron is a one-stop-shop literary celebration. For Nora junkies like me, it is literary crack. It brings together most of her writings and musings, her books (Heartburn – joy oh joy) and  screen plays including When Harry Met Sally & Lucky Guy along with recipes & articles – pretty much the whole kit and caboodle !

Who hasn’t seen Julie & Julia, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle ?  We ALL know Nora I am positive.

Nora Ephron died in 2012.  There will be no more words from her.  I find this depressing.  She was so funny and so very aware of life – the intricacies, the subtleties, the mundane and the really shitty big stuff like death, divorce and badly chosen sofas. Nothing went unnoticed.  She writes like she is that voice in your own head but the far more witty, funny, wry and cool version.  Her voice is that of a friend who gossips with you and observes life’s absolute silliness and makes you laugh out loud.  It is all stuff you know, you’re just not as clever as Nora to collect it all. The acuteness and vulnerability and authenticity of her writing is a beautiful thing.

And because I love her, she deserves the last say  so I  share with you a sample of Nora wisdom which she penned under ‘Things I Wish I Had Known’…..

People have only one way to be.    

Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from.    

You can’t be friends with people who call after 11pm.    

You never know.    

Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of 35, you will be nostalgic for at the age of 45.    

You can’t own too many black turtleneck sweaters.    

The last four years of psychoanalysis are a waste of money.    

Never cover a couch with anything that isn’t more or less beige.    

If the shoe doesn’t fit in the shoe store, it’s never going to fit.  

Never let them know.  

If only one third of your clothes are a mistake, you’re ahead of the game.  

There are no secrets.

 

That is my, and Nora’s, 2 cents worth.