I Remember Nothing – And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron

Posted on May 10th, 2011, by iMinerva

I Remember Nothing is an easy, entertaining Sunday afternoon delight. The first essay – of the same title as the book – brings forth universal experiences shared by the aging mind. As Ephron observes, “On some level, my life has been wasted on me. After all, if I can’t remember it, who can?” And reflecting the benefits of digital technology, Ephron notes, “The Senior Moment has become the Google moment…”

Then there’s the essay “Who Are You?” Most will relate to the moment at a party where “We’ve kissed hello.” The conversation rambles on but the truth is “If only I could remember your name.” “It’ something like Larry. Is it Larry? No, it’s not. Jerry? No, it’s not. But it ends in a Y. Your last name: three syllables. Starts with a C. Starts with a G? I’m losing my mind.”

The book is a collection of sometimes humorous, oftentimes tender reflections on life experiences seen through the filter of an accomplished journalist at the age of 69. In addition to the facts of aging, Ephron unravels the truths behind such myths as the benefits of egg-white omelettes, notes the inane intrusions on life such as “asking for salt makes me seem aggressive toward the chef,” and relates her time spent interviewing Lillian Hellman and other celebrities encountered during her journalistic career.

The conclusion comes with “The O Word.” “I’m old.” “No one actually likes to admit that they’re old. The most they will cop to is that they’re older. Or oldish.” Ephron then compiles her list of “What I Won’t Miss” including things like dry skin, bras, mammograms, and Clarence Thomas, along with a wistful look at “What I Will Miss,” a long list that starts with her kids and husband, the seasons, waffles and pie, Paris, walks in the park, and coming over the bridge to Manhattan.

You’ll smile, you’ll tear, and you’ll certainly enjoy the lastest offering from Ephron.

For more on the book and Nora Ephron, check out the resources listed, especially the interview on www.Salon.com conducted as the book was published.

Favorite quotes from I Remember Nothing:

“In fact, looking back, it seems to me that I was clueless until I was about fifty yrears old.”

“I have many symptoms of old age, aside from the physical. I occasionally repeat myself. I use the expression, ‘When I was young.’ Often I don’t get the joke, although I pretend that I do. If I go see a play or a movie for a second time, it’s as if I didn’t see it at all the first time, evenif if the first time was just recently. I have no idea who anyone in People magazine is.”


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