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Nora Ephron jumps the shark: No laughs left in her pen

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There was a time when Nora Ephron was one of the funniest writers around. She wrote the screenplays for “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” for Pete’s sake.

She turned her failed marriage to The Washington Post’s Carl Bernstein into a novel, “Heartburn,” which was later made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

Her “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” was a hysterical and honest look at the aging process from a distinctively female view.

With “I Remember Nothing,” however, Ephron seems to have forgotten every clever trick she ever knew. There’s hardly anything in the 160 pages worth reading. Some of the stories are mildly interesting, but most of the pieces are *this* close to being downright depressing.

I downloaded the book because I had read an excerpt from “The New Yorker” magazine. The piece told of Ephron’s near miss at being an heiress and, while not particularly funny, I thought maybe the rest of the stories would have a healthy dose of her trademark biting sarcasm

Imagine my disappointment when I turned the last page and said to my practically perfect spouse, “I’m done with Ephron.”

Maybe it’s time to put down the pen and get behind the camera and give us something like “Julie  & Julia” to redeem herself from drivel like this.

 

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