Amidst the convivial atmosphere at Town Hall, Nora Ephron bitterly recalls that her name rhymes with Norephedrine, the brain neurotransmitter. Otherwise, her interview with Seattle Arts and Lectures is full of laughter, reminiscing, "lobster, relationships, and Charles Portis," and other happy vibes. With her new book I Remember Nothing out, many fans join to watch the prolific writer, director, and journalist talk about her writing process (what she remembers, what she doesn't remember) and answer questions from curious fans. Oh yeah, and Tom Skerritt is in the front row.
Nora Ephron is most known for her movies Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Heartburn, Silkwood, and Julie and Julia. She does not take herself too seriously as she talks about her March on Washington (during which she ended up spending too much time in her hotel room), and her youthful hopes of becoming a journalist (or possibly dating one.) She "weirdly" remembers the fish market across her house when she was a child and the drapes in the room when she met Eleanor Roosevelt.
The interview focused on her writing process, food (specifically her fascination with Iron Chef), her career as a journalist for 15 years, the "silent singing" from the internet that distracts her, and whatever else she remembered.
What struck me the most was the importance she places on how old she feels. When asked to describe herself in five words, she replied, "Old, married, writer, mother, and director." I personally have a fascination with old people. I love them, the history they've accumulated over decades, and that they get to retire, yes RETIRE.
Honestly, I had no idea of what to expect, but that was the fun of it: the "aha" moments and outrageously funny commentary that everyone could relate to, the audience full of middle aged women with a smattering of men (which wasn't surprising but interesting if anything.) But the "old age" wisdom made it all the better.
Next up at Seattle Arts & Lectures: Poet Billy Collins
TONIGHT! Monday, November 22, 7:30 PM, Town Hall
More info at lectures.org