When legendary author/screenwriter/feminist/Huffington Post blogger Nora Ephron passed away on Tuesday, the Internet immediately lit up with tributes and personalized memorials. Everyone, it seemed, had something to say about their relation to Ms. Ephron’s work. Though she was a real reporter, most people remember her as the queen of first-person journalism (with the subject of interest being herself). Which meant that a lot of these memorials–if they weren’t dashed off tweets saying “R.I.P. Nora”– were about the writer’s relationship with Ms. Ephron’s work, taking on the voice of the Crazy Salad author in what amounted to some strange transference/fan fiction-y memorials.
With the knowledge that to write like Nora Ephron is not to be Nora Ephron, we can’t help but love some of these amazing eulogies honoring the cultural icon’s passing by writing a eulogy in her voice.
Last night at Drom, a metaphor comparing (of all things) the hand of a friend about to give one his first pubescent homosexual handjob and a sucking starfish helped to win The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt author Jon-Jon Goulian first place in the Literary Death Match. The 5-year-old event is currently on a two month tour through 31 cities, the New York version of which included an unlikely cast of literary, tech, and comedy types.
Mr. Goulian was matched for a seven-minute reading in the first round against Emily Gould, who read a new piece about a girl in Kansas who had kind of a shitty boyfriend and didn’t like to jog (but did it anyway).
Adrien Field, a stylist for Vibe and a fashion blogger, is working on a new novel, about the world of New York stylists, and he’s confident that he can get it published. “Between Vibe, writing for the Huffington Post, my blog, going out and gathering press about myself–I don’t know anyone as compelling as myself.” Read More
Stereogum, the gossipy music blog, will have more pop culture punditry for its readers to chew on: Videogum, a new entertainment blog focusing on television, movies, web shorts, and video games will launch this spring.
Two Gawker expats and Ritalin Reading Series organizers Lindsay Robertson (blogging mistress of Lindsayism.com, ComedyCentral.com, MTV.com, and the old Read More