I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections
Ephron writes about falling hard for a way of life (“Journalism: A ...more
The book is slight -- only 135 pages -- and some of the stories are only a few pages long, but I was utt ...more
"You always think that a bolt of lightning is going to strike and your parents will magically change into the people you wish they were, or back into the people they used to be. But they're never going to. And even though you know they're never going to, you still hope they will." (p.51)
"And every time one of my friends says to me, "Everything happens for a reason," I would like to smack her." (p.129)
Nora is - was - a wonderful writer and she can tell stories that don't amount to much in ...more
This book is a collection of blandly interesting anecdotes about Ephron's life. The kind of blandly interesting anecdotes you tell friends over dinner (and they do not feel obliged to repeat), not the kind that turn into juicy, zesty, jaw-dropping books. I can only imagine the meeting with her editor.
Editor: We want you to write a book about your life.
Ephron: I'm in the middle of something.
Editor: Okay, make it short. Just write anything down. People know who you are. They've seen When Ha ...more
In I REMEMBER NOTHING, Nora Ephron remembers a lot. At first, I didn't much care for the book, well at least the first 25%, began skimming and almost DNF, but by 40%, I felt like I was getting to know Nora, her sense of humor and liked her....a lot.
She began as a newspaper reporter in the 30's and attained her dream of becoming a journalist in New York City plus so much more! She wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite movies, When Harry met Sally, and it was the big one that change...more
Nora Ephron in any form is witty, sharp and insightful.
I really enjoyed this collection of thoughts and views on life in general and hers specifically.
They are seen as snapshots that are mostly relatable to any woman of a certain age but it is also clear that she did lead an extraordinary and somewhat privileged life as well.
This woman left such an indelible mark on the world with her wonderful writing and movies (think "When Harrry met Sally", "Sleepless in Seattle" and more) it ...more
I have a weakness for nonfiction essays, especially ones that make me feel like we’re all human, it’s cool, we all have shit. I enjoyed these snippets of Ephron’s personal and professional life and her random observations on the modern world. Written in 2010, it’s a little dated, but still relatable. Her audio narration is flawless; her humor perfectly deadpan.
Not particularly funny, but still pretty interesting. I enjoy little autobiographical snapshots in essay form. There's probably more namedropping here than in any book I've ever read, but the Ephron girls grew up around so many famous people that they might not recognize namedropping when they do it.
I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections, Ephron’s last essay collection published before her death in 2012, touches on the tragedy of aging and is probably not something that I could fully appreciate only being in my 30s (but I still loved it). She discusses becoming forgetful, about physical changes, but she touches on stories from her ...more
My only LOL moment, however, came from the catalog designation: this book has been categorized as wit and humor about "Middle-aged women". "Middle-Aged"? The book is all about being OLD.
Will forever love her wit and her words. ...more
My favorite essayist is Kurt Vonnegut, who can make me laugh and think at the same time. Ephron does neither for me. ...more
It's a short book, full (mainly) of short anecdotes and reflections on events in Nora Ephron's life. Sometimes, these take the form of full-on autobiographical anecdotes, such as her story of how she got into journalism. Others are just straight-out opinions, such as her six stages of her relationship with email. All are joyously funny; some are also quite touching. The whole gives a real sense of Ephron as a person. And the quality of the writing throughout is just sublime.
FAVORITE BOOK READ IN 2019
This hysterically funny (and at times painfully honest) book resonated with me, and I remembered it long after I had read it. Anyone over the age of 60 should read this. It is just so damn relatable!
She wrote things like:
Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for at the age of forty-five.
At the age of fifty-five you will get a saggy roll just above your waist even if you are painfully thin.
This saggy roll just abov ...more
While not as fabulous as Ephron’s Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media or I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, I Remember Nothing is a worthy valedictory, and it contains some great ge ...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. ...more
You can't retrieve you life (unless you're on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).”