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Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble (An Omnibus)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,233 ratings  ·  158 reviews

'A woman for all seasons, tender and tough in just the right proportions'

The New York Times

Two classic collections of uproarious essays from the late Nora Ephron, bestselling author of I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing. Here she tackles everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive w

Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published December 20th 2012 by Transworld Digital (first published 1978)
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Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really confused by the reviews of this collection here on GoodReads; the idea that these essays are "dated" just because they were written in the 70s is a pretty ridiculous notion. Nora is writing about women's issues that are still completely relevant today from the objectification of women in media to the expectations of wives and mothers (and the expectation that women "need" to be wives and mothers at all... not to mention everything in the media section still being eerily easy to relate ...more
Joe Meyers
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't understand the negativity about this book elsewhere on Good Reads. Ephron writes about women and the media in the 1970s giving us a witty, contemporary take on everything from Watergate to the feuds between various feminist factions. It's first rate social history. Not the short, witty personal essays of her final years but great stuff nonetheless.
Carolyn F.
Audiobook I have read another reviewer mentioning they thought there would be more humor in this - there is humor but a lot of the essays/columns are political which isn't that funny. The essays/columns were a clear look at her side of some of the huge events during the 1970s which was interesting to me because I was ages 9-16, old enough to remember most of these events. The section that was most interesting was about the Women's Movement which I new peripherally about but this got into the nit ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media (Vintage) - Nora Ephron  Having recently read Crazy Salad again, I didn't feel like I needed to give it another go. But I have never read Scribble Scribble. So, that was great.
Ephron started a s a journalist, and I think that training informs her essays. They are personal, they are reflective, but they are also about something real, not just aimless musing.
Quality writing, often amusing, and still vital and fresh.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short pieces is my first foray into Ephron's writing. While I found most of the pieces entertaining, Crazy Salad does suffer from being dated. A lot of the politicians and journalists mentioned were before my time. I got bored enough of names with no faces that I mostly skimmed the Scribble Scribble section.
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: skip the <i>Crazy Salad</i> and go straight to <i>Scribble Scribble</i>
This book, needless to say, is composed of two collections of articles penned by the late, great Nora Ephron. The pieces from the books Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media were originally published in magazines, mostly in Esquire and in the 1970s, and are gathered in this omnibus for their third outing.

The pieces in Scribble Scribble seem to have weathered better than those in Crazy Salad. I'm tempted to believe that that's because I was a journalist a
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Well, I got through Crazy Salad, but not Scribble, scribble. Crazy Salad had many articles on the first wave women's movement, how those women got along, changing roles for women, etc. Those essays and Ephron's comments on her own experience of her gender, I think, make interesting reading regardless of the passage of time. As most of the essays were timely, it depends on what you are interested in reading--her writing ranges from her beginnings to the NY Post, to Watergate, to the Miami Social ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Nora Ephron's writing. She is witty, perceptive, and skilled in her craft. I enjoyed the first half of the collection--Crazy Salad--more than the second--Scribble Scribble. I couldn't put the book down at first when reading about events that shaped our world in the 70's regarding women, politics, and politicians' personal and professional lives. I found that the second half of the book dragged a little, and I had to muscle my way through several of the essays not because they weren't conc ...more
Moira Russell
I got this because it apparently reprints part of Scribble Scribble (this book itself seems to be the electronic edition of Crazy Salad Plus Nine, eight pieces from the earlier book plus an uncollected essay), which is really hard to find, but is often praised as Ephron's most hard-hitting nonfiction collection -- probably not a coincidence.

ETA No, apparently this e-book reprints all of both Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble. Good for Vintage.
These articles are still relevant.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a book club. The woman who suggested that we read it (and many other women in the group) grew up in the 70s and thought it would be interesting to revisit these essays on what was going on with women at the time. I ended up being the only one in the group who finished it. The women who lived during that time kind of had the opinion that, after reading a bit, they realized they didn't really want to go back to the 70s. I was born in the late 70s so I just found some of the ma ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This book is compromised of essays written in the 1970s, and some of it manages to be surprisingly timeless, particular the parts of Crazy Salad that appear earlier in this book. However much of it is also very dated and covers people and events I've never heard of it and didn't take an interest in through her essays.
Kristina Howard
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though her essays were from the 70s many issues are still relevant today (sadly). I also learned a lot about our culture and history. For example, did you know that there was a reality tv show about the Loud family in the 70s?!? Every day I was googling something new. However, Nora isn't just reporting history but giving an insightful interruption of events, movements, and people.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read like half this book in ... 2013? 2014? around then. Glad I revisited. Some of these essays are so good you could change the nouns and dates and trick someone into thinking you wrote it last week. Some have aged less well (including one that’s just straight up transphobic).
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someday, I hope to be as clever as Nora Ephron.
I loved Nora Ephron long before I knew she had this other life prior to When Harry Met Sally and every other beloved romcom. I feel as if she invented romantic comedies. And her recent books made the aging process, if not palatable, at least something I could laugh about. So when I picked up this collection of stories I was somewhat let down-they weren’t what I consider her signature humor-until I began to think of them as a time capsule and maybe a bit of a history lesson of social events.

I've owned this book for a few years but eventually opted to listen to the audiobook. It's 2 collections in one, and both are comprised of articles she wrote for newspapers and magazines. I prefer her collections hat were written as essays for a book (I Remember Nothing and I Feel Bad About My Neck).

Crazy Salad has a lot of work around second wave feminism, which was interesting to visit at this point in time, along with a lot of magazine features and book reviews from the early 70s, many of wh
Mar 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this out as an audio book at the local library (cds). I thought the short stories would be great for driving around town. I only made it through "Crazy Salad" and returned it. I was expecting more of Ephron's remarkable humor and wit, but just found the essays to be uninviting and unengaging. Most are a serious critique of the Nixon administration, couched in women's liberation rhetoric. I'm sympathetic to the women's liberation movement (and even teach women's studies, for God's sake) ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of (mostly dated) essays from 1972-1974. Some revealing anecdotes about the women’s liberation movement and its struggles, the politics of education at an exclusive female college (Wellesley), some personal essays about body image (breasts, or not having any), some political ones (Nixon-era), the porn industry (Deep Throat), - or was that another Nixon story?, some stories about people in the entertainment news, whom I never heard about, feminine hygiene products, etc. ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars Crazy Salad/ 3 to Scribble Scribble. Women's movement, insider political/journalist life in DC, changing trends of media are central themes in the essays compiled here. While written in 70s, I found it surprising how some of them highlight the circular nature of these things or how some issues have never changed. Others were boring or filled with name dropping that is no longer current, therefore making them easy to skim over. As a female, I think reading Crazy Salad should be required f ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book club choice but so glad it was chosen. Brilliant - Nora Ephron had such a wonderful insight to the world, people, politics. Although known for her wit, she also had incredible morals and beliefs in what the country is and could be. I knew of her mainly from her movie scripts, and the humorous I Feel Bad about My Neck so this was a big surprise.

The writings were all from the 1970s - I was just a new teen back then so even though I knew some of what she was writing about, I didn't understand
This is a collection of articles that Ephron wrote in the 70s. They are not the humorous Ephron that I had become familiar with. They are good journalism - for the time. It did take me back through times that we both lived, bringing to mind many names and situations that had developed a lot of dust on in my memory.
Ayelet Waldman
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her death made me so very sad, so I read a bunch of her essays.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Nora Ephron in all forms and reading her essays from so long ago was like an anthropological study.
3.5 rounded up.

Undoubtedly a five star if one could time-travel back and read this collection in the late 1970s, since its essays all appeared in that era, mostly in Esquire. As someone who was a fairly wee tot when the early ones were written, I enjoyed filling in some gaps in knowledge about political and social events and figures I only knew of in passing. The Crazy Salad part feels the more dated, as her choices about the women she writes about (or targets) seem quaint now and often beside t
Oooph, I have some thoughts.

1) Yup, there is some dated thoughts in here and the last essay in Crazy Salad is terrible on many levels, and very anti-transgender; I like to think if the author were alive now or when the reprint happened they would have chosen to eliminate that essay from the collection. Which brings us to the next issue this was reprinted because Ephron had passed away and the author of these essays was not allowed to edit her work.

2) There are some gems in here and worth readin
Alaina Sloo
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always been a fan of Nora Ephon’s movies, but I’d never read her opinion pieces before. I loved these collections of her shrewd, funny columns from the 1970s on women (Crazy Salad) and on the media (Scribble Scribble). The columns from the early 1970s about women and the women’s movement are surprisingly undated, which I suppose is both a wonderful testimony to Ms. Ephron’s ability to see the heart of a thing rather than just express the opinion of the moment — and also a less wonderful tes ...more
Pamela Conley
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Gen X woman and my knowledge of the work of Nora Ephron is primarily of RomCom movies such as Sleepless In Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. I was unaware of her previous work either as a journalist or an essayist. I stumbled across this work on an Amazon discount sale and made the purchase strictly on author name alone. I am glad I did. This work is a bit like opening a 1970s time capsule where you are immersed in the real time struggles of 2nd wave feminism as well as the fall of the Ni ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed in this collection of essays

This is an anthology of essays written and published in the 1960s through maybe 1978 or so. It's pretty dated. Most of the essays are lacking in Ephron's notable sense of humor, and many are about forgotten and forgettable people and events. Yes, she's an excellent writer, but this anthology did not really hold my interest. It worked pretty well to read an essay or two in bed when I was trying to fall asleep. I made a point to finish it today, mainly beca
2 stars for relatability and ability to follow content. 3 stars for superb writing and great sense of humor. Really couldn't resonate with her feelings towards all her media/publication reviews bc I have no clue what any of those papers are (e.g. Ontario Times???? Palm Desert, etc.) and for the ones that are still around, they are no longer relevant like they once were (e.g. Time). So maybe I'll take this as commentary on how big a role media played in everyday life back in the mid-70s. I loved ...more
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Nora Ephron was an American journalist, film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and blogger.

She was best known for her romantic comedies and is a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay; for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle. She sometimes wrote with her sister, Delia Ephron.
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