Before there was Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling, and Tina Fey, there was Nora Ephron. Â In 2010, the trailblazing and prolific Ephron -- the essayist/ novelist/playwright best known for writing, directing, and/or producing the films When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia -- published the essay collection â€śI Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections," which reads like a direct sequel to her 2006 book, â€śI Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.â€ť With mastery of tone in â€śI Remember Nothing,â€ť she pokes fun of herself about experiences with aging, divorce, modern technology, and a brief obsession with â€śsomething called Scrabble Blitz.â€ť
In the bookâ€™s opening essay, Ephron lists people she has met but knows â€śnothing about,â€ť including Cary Grant and Benny Goodman -- not exactly forgettable folks. When it comes to sports, things are no different. She practically boasts, â€śI went to at least one hundred Knicks games and I remember only the night that Reggie Miller scored eight points in the last nine seconds.â€ťÂ In an essay titled â€śJournalism: A Love Story,â€ť Ephron writes about how her writerly New York dreams came to fruition. In â€śWhat I Wonâ€™t Missâ€ť and â€śWhat I Will Miss,â€ť she flashes forward, imagining post-mortem musings.Â She will miss her kids and husband, waffles, twinkle lights, butter, Paris and pie; and she will not miss e-mail, Joe Lieberman, bar mitzvahs, and taking off her makeup every night. Listen here for a taste of her candor, forgetfulness, and finesse.