Wallflower at the Orgy

by Nora Ephron

Paperback, 2007





Bantam (2007), Edition: Reprint, 187 pages


Biography & Autobiography. Essays. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:A bitingly funny, provocative, and revealing look at our foibles, passions, and pasttimes�??from one of the most creative minds of our time. �??Nora Ephron can write about anything better than anybody else can write about anything.�?��??The New York Times From her Academy Award�??nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America�??s most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world�??s most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex. Whether casting her ingenious eye on renowned dire… (more)


(59 ratings; 3.4)

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LibraryThing member Jenners26
Sometime last year, I read Nora Ephron's fantastic book Crazy Salad, which was a collection of columns she had written in the 1970s for various magazines. I loved that book and her writing. Even though the essays were dated, I enjoyed her wit and writing style. After all, Ms. Ephron is the genius
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behind When Harry Met Sally. After finishing Crazy Salad, I went on to read Scribble Scribble (collections of her columns about the media), I Feel Bad About My Neck (more recent book; focusing primarily on aging) and then this one, which is a collection of various magazine articles she wrote mostly in the late 1960s. Again, her good writing transcends the dated material. Funny is funny even if she is writing about the making of a movie in 1968. These collections of essays focus primarily on her journalistic stories (hence the title ... the journalist is always a wallflower at an orgy and not a participant). Although this is a fast easy read and a must for Ephron fans, I would recommend Crazy Salad over this one.
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LibraryThing member talimckell
A grouping of magazine articles from the 70s, this collection at times felt a bit outdated. However, Ephron's style is clear, concise, and at times far superior to that of most fashion magazine writers' styles today. Ephron reminds us to look for the story in the subject's surroundings rather than
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merely from the subject itself.
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LibraryThing member EllenAvondale
I love Nora, but this was just a little dated for me. I tended to lose the thread of
it. It's not her; it's me. If I had memory of the people/events of whom she wrote, it might have been better.
LibraryThing member Ellen1213
I love Nora, but this was just a little dated for me. I tended to lose the thread of
it. It's not her; it's me. If I had memory of the people/events of whom she wrote, it might have been better.
LibraryThing member gbelik
Early essays by Nora Ephron, focused on popular culture. Very readable.
LibraryThing member Anne_Green
I was drawn to this book because I like Nora Ephron's witty, self-deprecating style and also because one of the articles deals at length with the "foodie" scene in the 1960s, (in which I'm very interested) but which seems a world away now and featured such luminaries as Julia Child, James Beard,
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Judith Jones and others. Renowned as a talented journalist and story teller, Nora Ephron has written much better stuff than this. As she herself admits in the introduction to the collection, written some years later, these articles are symptomatic of the younger, more self-obsessed, vain and somewhat shallow person she was at the time (and weren't we all at some time in our previous lives?). Somehow her trademark cynicism and wit fall flat in these articles, it's as though she's trying too hard. They are as most other people have noted, very dated, clearly because they are commentaries on a culture that has long since changed and evolved. For that reason, they may have had a good deal more impact and provided refreshing insights into the various worlds she describes at the time they were published, but they just haven't weathered well.
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LibraryThing member kevn57
Interesting read about 1960's artists like Mike Nichols and Ann Rand, Cosmo founder Helen Gurley Brown and Claiborne and Beard, when Nora Ephron was a journalist. I particularly liked the article "Diary of a Beach Wife" about when the wifes leave NY for the summer, and the article about Arthur
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LibraryThing member thewestwing
Showcases Ephron’s talent as an amazing writer. The topics were dated but still enjoyable.


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Physical description

187 p.; 5.2 inches


0553385054 / 9780553385052
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