June 27, 2012
Tonight, from 6:30-9:30 you can join an online discussion of Mark Harris's ballpark novel, Bang the Drum Slowly. The novel is about a pitcher for the New York Mommoths (supposed to be the Yankees) and his ill teammate. The discussion takes place at the City Room blog.
The city and the world lost a literary luminary last night when Nora Ephron died of pneumonia brought on by leukemia. One of my favorite filmmakers and writers, Ms. Ephron was a master of the romantic comedy. When Harry Met Sally is still one of my all-time favorites. Her movie, You've Got Mail, is more love-letter to the city of New York than love story. I want to stroll around Manhattan every time I watch it. I loved her last two books, I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, and I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections.
To the feminists who criticized her for not writing strong enough women in her books and movies, I can only say that Ms. Ephron, herself, should have been a strong enough role model for you. She was a White House intern at a time when that was something to be proud of, a journalist, and talented writer. To Carl Bernstein, I can only say, "What were you thinking letting someone like that go?"