So said someone in another thread. Let's discuss Nora's writing critically.
I don't consider her a hack, just a bit shallow and light hearted. It has its place, that kind of humor.
Was she respected by serious NY writers?
I enjoyed her writing, particularly [italic]Heartburn[/italic]. It was her directing that sucked.
She was the Virginia Woolf of late 20th century NYC.
Myself, I found her incredibly self-entitled and elitist ...
She was an amusing smartypants with a heart. I think she was modern and devilish in her schlocky lightheartedness. I don't think she minded hitting the bull's eye only occasionally.
Her writing is very light and almost clever--David Sedaris is much more profound, by comparison. Still, her stories can be entertaining and she had a distinctive voice. Heartburn was a perfect book to read while stuck in a airport--and that's not a putdown.
Her movies were atrocious, however. I assume they made her very, very rich.
she was awesome.
I loved "Heartburn." But did she steal the vinaigrette recipe from her nanny, or did the nanny steal it from Nora?
And the movie version, with those two Carly Simon songs together...what's not to love?
The screenplay for Desk Set, one of my faves, was written by Nora Ephron's parents.
Emma Bombeck for New Yorkers.
No, she was quite talented. She was the closest to Dorothy Parker we have seen (and probably will for a long time yet).
Not a favorite; didn't find her writing exciting or satisfying.
As a teen I enjoyed Crazy Salad, her essays on confused feminists and porno purveyors from the "liberated" 1970s. She was internet writing before internet writing went to shit -- personal, loose, in-the-know, and sometimes bitchy, but yes, with a heart. I think she was also very honest about herself and her failures and limits.
So yes, worth reading.
I love When Harry Met Sally, but I'm sure most of that is to do with Rob Reiner.
The vile sexism and woman hating on this thread is repugnant!
r11 wins this thread.
I am not in a position to critique her writing but there is something about the title "I Feel Bad About My Neck" that makes me giggle.
Agree with R6.
In I feel bad about my Neck, she said that if women's elbows faced forward, they would all give up.
She doesn't really deserve quotation marks, but she was observant and funny.
Idiotic statement all too common on DL.
R20, thank you for demonstrating. Are you so old you cannot locate a period, and so ossified you are afraid of a verb?
I don't think she claimed to be reinventing filmmaking. She made some very memorable and better-than-average romantic comedies, along with some misfires. Off-screen, her writing was witty and clever. She wasn't a hack.
[quote]I love When Harry Met Sally, but I'm sure most of that is to do with Rob Reiner.
& Woody Allen. I've rarely seen a so blatantly derivative movie.
Of her era. It was more about her socialization than her talent. She was so well-connected and loved by her friends that it snowballed into this feeling that we all *should* like her stuff or something was wrong with us. I saw her give a live interview before an audience and found her so name-droppy and self-aggrandizing that it turned me off her completely.