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I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
by Nora Ephron
by Nora Ephron
Jan 19, 2009
Despite the clever and sometimes funny observations about aging, I couldn't shake the feeling that this book of essays was...trivial. Except for the final chapter (Considering the Alternative), Ephron spends a lot of time writing about superficial aspects of growing older (the skin on her neck, her disorganized purse, her worsening eyesight) that make her seem shallow and self-absorbed. In the essay focused on all the hours she devotes to maintaining her appearance (On Maintenance), she describes her reaction to passing a homeless woman on the street: "I am only about eight hours away from looking exactly like that woman on the street--with frizzled flyaway gray hair I would probably have if I stopped dyeing mine; with a potbelly I would definitely develop if I ate just half of what I think about eating every day; with dirty nails and chapped lips and mustache and bushy eyebrows that would be my destiny if I ever spent two weeks on a desert island." While all that may be true, Ephron's reaction to the consequences of homelessness on this woman's appearance was surprising. I think I expected her to be embarrassed by the time and money she spends "on maintenance."
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