Nora Ephron’s Lists: “What I Will Miss” and “What I Won’t Miss”

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard that Nora Ephron, the screenwriter best known for “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally,” died yesterday in Manhattan. She was 71. Her bout with leukemia apparently wasn’t widely known, but discerning readers of her 2010 book, I Remember Nothing, could have sensed something was wrong. The book closes with two lists, each revealing on a couple of levels.

What I Will Miss

My kids · Nick · Spring · Fall · Waffles · The concept of waffles · Bacon · A walk in the park · The idea of a walk in the park · The park · Shakespeare in the Park · The bed · Reading in bed · Fireworks · Laughs · The view out the window · Twinkle lights · Butter · Dinner at home just the two of us · Dinner with friends · Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives · Paris · Next year in Istanbul · Pride and Prejudice · The Christmas tree · Thanksgiving dinner · One for the table · The dogwood · Taking a bath · Coming over the bridge to Manhattan · Pie

What I Won’t Miss

Dry skin · Bad dinners like the one we went to last night · E-mail · Technology in general · My closet · Washing my hair · Bras · Funerals · Illness everywhere · Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism · Polls · Fox · The collapse of the dollar · Joe Lieberman · Clarence Thomas · Bar mitzvahs · Mammograms · Dead flowers · The sound of the vacuum cleaner · Bills · E-mail. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it. · Small print · Panels on Women in Film · Taking off makeup every night

via Showbiz411

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  • Trish says:

    re: “Panels on Women in Film”

    What? Not some kind of bizarre drapes or curtains meets clothing that women are made to wear in film? An odd fashion tangent in the list.

    Oh – Panels on “Women in Film”

    The academic and pseudo-academic type panels- “Women in Science” “Slut Walk” “Women in Tech” etc-ecch.

  • Trish says:

    ..RIP Nora Ephron

    A funny, great, smart woman who created the same in her women characters.

    A tremendous loss.

  • Page Larkin says:

    All hail, Nora Ephron, Queen of Comedy – she is missed – and thanks, Open Culture, for posting her musings. Love them!

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