Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble (An Omnibus)
'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
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.
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 ...more
ETA No, apparently this e-book reprints all of both Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble. Good for Vintage.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.