Nora Ephron, 1941-2012

by Leslie on June 27, 2012

In the last two chapters of her book, I Remember Nothing, Nora Ephron lists the things she will and won’t miss when she dies:

“What I Won’t Miss: Dry skin, bad dinners like the one we went to last night, e-mail, technology in general, my closet, washing my hair, bras, funerals, illness everywhere, polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism, polls, Fox, the collapse of the dollar, Joe Lieberman, Clarence Thomas, bar mitzvahs, mammograms, dead flowers, the sound of the vacuum cleaner, bills, e-mail (I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it), small print, panels on Women in Film, taking off make-up every night.”

“What I Will Miss: My kids, Nick, Spring, Fall, waffles, the concept of waffles, bacon, a walk in the park, the idea of a walk in the park, the park, Shakespeare in the Park, the bed, reading in bed, fireworks, laughs, the view out the window, twinkle lights, butter, dinner at home just the two of us, dinner with friends, dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives, Paris, next year in Istanbul, Pride and Prejudice, the Christmas tree, Thanksgiving dinner, one for the table, the dogwood, taking a bath, coming over the bridge to Manhattan, pie.”

She wrote the books and essays that make me laugh the hardest. She wrote and directed the movies that make me happiest. I will treasure them all. I will miss her.

(Photo by Henry Cline)

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Melissa June 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I thought about you yesterday b/c I read I Remember Nothing from your rec after your trip. So sad. And, Cody is mourning b/c his favorite movie of all time is When Harry Met Sally. She was a great mind.

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