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Continued: Withering Glance: The Nora Ephron fan club

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 22, 2013 - 2:08 PM

CP: Who’d you rather read, reporting from a national political convention — crusty old misogynist Norman Mailer, or delightful/insightful Ephron? Writing for Esquire about the 1972 Democratic confab, Ephron expertly appraised the schism between feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. She was to the magazine piece as Muhammad Ali was to boxing: She floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

 

RN: No one is effortlessly funny, but Nora Ephron made you believe she was. In her late-career “What I Will Miss” essay, which is a list of just that, she begins with, “My kids, Nick [her husband], Spring, Fall, Waffles.” The next line reads, “The concept of waffles.” And on her “What I Won’t Miss” list, the 10th and 11th items made me laugh out loud. No 10: “Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in Creationism.” No 11: “Polls.”

 

CP: Who can disagree with her tart observation about one of the many indignities of aging? “If your elbows faced forward, you’d kill yourself.”

 

E-mail: witheringglance@startribune.com

Twitter: @claudepeck and @RickNelsonStrib

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