Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nora Ephron Remembered

Although not directly music related, I believe that Nora Ephron deserves commemoration today. As a favourite author, playwright and scriptwriter of mine, I was heartbroken to hear the legendary jack-of-all-written-trades has passed away at 71 years of age. Ephron was the definition of someone making a contribution. Whether or not you enjoyed her particular comedic and romantic prose, she put magic into the world in the form of geniusly chosen, witty words and the ability to tell a truly inspiring story.

If you've ever watched Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan's banter in When Harry Met Sally or the bubbly e-mail narrative in You've Got Mail (both two of my very favourite films), you'll understand this vast contribution. Her effortless capacity to word life, all of it's romance and experiences so blissfully was infectious. And admiring her from a young age fueled my aspiration to someday craft even a fraction of that literary or journalistic magic that pounced from paper or out of a screen the way that her frank voice did.

Here are only a few of the perfectly poetic quotes from Ephron, as well as the theme song from When Harry Met Sally, to honour the Oscar-nominated wonder. Her words are some of the reason I love any words as much as I do. And they're certainly part of the reason I consider myself a romantic and an optimist. That's the wonderful thing about words and contributions - kind of like Billy Crystal verbalized from one of her most famous scripts - once you've put them out into the universe, they're there to stay.

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance." - Heartburn

"The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self."
- Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail

"I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are."
- Nora Ephron

“I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
- Billy Crystal to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” - Nora Ephron

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