I have a new best friend and her name is Nora Ephron. Well, at least that’s how I felt after finishing I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman earlier this week. I didn’t know much about Nora Ephron prior to reading her book. I read something about her in the New Yorker a few months ago when she passed away (sad face). She seemed witty and funny and I liked that she had written an essay about small breasts.

So I picked up the book and the more I read her stories (and laughed), the more I had fantasies about being Nora’s best friend. I thought about showing up to have lunch together in NY and us accidentally both wearing black turtlenecks.  I thought about what recipes we could exchange. This fantasy friendship is something she discusses in her essay Serial Monogamy: A Memoir in which she describes imaginary conversations she had with the authors of the cookbooks she diced and sliced to throughout her life.

Here is an excerpt from an essay in the book titled What I Wish I’d Known:

– People have only one way to be.

– Don’t buy anything that is 100 percent wool even if it seems to be very soft and not particularly itchy when you try it on in the store.

– Block everyone on your instant mail.

– You never know.

– The plane is not going to crash.

– 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.

– Write everything down.

– Keep a journal.

– Take more pictures.

– You can order more than one dessert.

– Overtip.

– There are no secrets.

 

Find out more about Nora Ephron HERE.

 

xx GD

 



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