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Monday, 2 July 2012

WRITERS ON WRITING #16: Nora Ephron

NORA EPHRON 1941-2012



Reading is everything.  Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person.  Reading makes me smarter.  Reading gives me something to talk about later on.  Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself.  Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real.  Reading is grist.  Reading is bliss. 

I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being A Woman (2006)




I hate adjectives.  I also hate similies and metaphors, just can't do them, never have been able toThe problem, though, is how to do without adjectives.  If you write about food, you can't really do without them; but if you do with them, you run the risk of writing sentences like 'The fish was juicy but the sauce was lumpy,' or 'The sauce was creamy but the veal was stringy,' or, to sum up, 'The noun was (complimentary adjective) but the other noun was (uncomplimentary adjective).' 

Heartburn (1983)




Writer, essayist and film director NORA EPHRON died of leukaemia on 26 June 2012.  Click HERE to read her Wikipedia entry.
 
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