Wallflower at the Orgy

Author: Nora Ephron

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307796930

Category: Humor

Page: 208

View: 6336


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 director Mike Nichols, Cosmopolitan magazine founder Helen Gurley Brown—or herself, as she chronicles her own beauty makeover—Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic skill with the intimate style of an essayist and the incomparable talent of a great storyteller.

Nora Ephron

Author: Liz Dance

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786496746

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

View: 1169


Nora Ephron famously claimed that she wrote about every thought that ever crossed her mind, from her divorce from Carl Bernstein (Heartburn) to the size of her breasts ("A Few Words About Breasts"). She also wrote screenplays for three of the most successful contemporary romantic comedies--When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998). Often considered mere light-hearted romantic comedies, her screenwriting has not been the subject of serious study. This book offers a sustained critical analysis of her work and life and demonstrates that Ephron is no lightweight. The complexity of her work is explored through the context of her childhood in a deeply dysfunctional family of writers.

Weird

Author: Olga Khazan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316418498

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

View: 9355


Learn why the concept of "weird" is being reclaimed and turned into a badge of honor, used to show how being different—culturally, socially, physically, or mentally—can be a person's greatest strength. Most of us have at some point in our lives felt like an outsider, sometimes considering ourselves "too weird" to fit in. Growing up as a Russian immigrant in West Texas, Olga Khazan always felt there was something different about her. This feeling has permeated her life, and as she embarked on a science writing career, she realized there were psychological connections between this feeling of being an outsider and both her struggles and successes later in life. She decided to reach out to other people who were unique in their environments to see if they had experienced similar feelings of alienation, and if so, to learn how they overcame them. Weird is based on in-person interviews with many of these individuals, such as a woman who is professionally surrounded by men, a liberal in a conservative area, and a Muslim in a predominantly Christian town. In addition, it provides actionable insights based on interviews with dozens of experts and a review of hundreds of scientific studies. Weird explores why it is that we crave conformity, how that affects people who are different, and what they can do about it. First, the book dives into the history of social norms and why some people hew to them more strictly than others. Next, Khazan explores the causes behind-and the consequences of-social rejection. She then reveals the hidden upsides to being "weird," as well as the strategies that people who are different might use in order to achieve success in a society that values normalcy. Finally, the book follows the trajectories of unique individuals who either decided to be among others just like them; to stay weird; or to dwell somewhere in between. Combining Khazan's own story with those of others and with fascinating takeaways from cutting-edge psychology research, Weird reveals how successful individuals learned to embrace their weirdness, using it to their advantage.

On the Contrary

Author: Martha Rainbolt,Janet Fleetwood

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 143841675X

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

View: 5745


On The Contrary contains a balance of writings by men and women. The essays are presented in pairs, a man and a woman writing on each topic. This balanced juxtaposition allows students to discuss, think, and write about changing roles and relationships without being forced into either a feminist or traditionalist party line. The essays in each section reverberate suggestively with each other and this effect is reinforced by the discussion questions, writing topics, and introductory material. An additional table of contents arranges the essays according to rhetorical rubrics.

Movies in American History

Author: Philip C. DiMare

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 159884296X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1232

View: 5508


This provocative three-volume encyclopedia is a valuable resource for readers seeking an understanding of how movies have both reflected and helped engender America's political, economic, and social history. * Provides 450 A–Z entries that comprehensively cover the historical significance of subjects, people, and films of the American cinema * Contains contributions from 150 distinguished interdisciplinary scholars offering their analysis on the role of movies in American history * Includes reference materials and suggestions for further reading with every entry

Essays on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

Author: Robert Mayhew

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739115787

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 349

View: 1949


In this unique study of The Fountainhead, Dr. Robert Mayhew brings together historical, literary, and philosophical essays that analyze the novel's style, its use of humor, and its virtues of productivity, independence, and integrity. The essays make extensive use of previously unpublished material from the Ayn Rand Archives, offering a new collection of material to explore and consider.

Appraising The Graduate

Author: J.W. Whitehead

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786484810

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

View: 9259


The popular success in 1967 of The Graduate was immediate and total; at the time, only Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music were bigger box-office winners. Yet such phenomenal success came at a price: On the film’s 40th anniversary, director Mike Nichols claimed that The Graduate had been “whipped away” by a young audience hungry for countercultural documents. This study, the first monograph on The Graduate, explores how popular and subsequent critical reception deflected a full understanding of the film’s complex point of view, which satirizes everything in its path—especially Benjamin and Elaine, its young “heroes.” The text explores how the film offers not the happy ending some imagine, but a corrosive and satirical vision of humanity. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

I Feel Bad About My Neck

Author: Nora Ephron

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307265943

Category: Humor

Page: 160

View: 3593


#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A candid, hilarious look at women of a certain age and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself. “Wickedly witty ... Crackling sharp ... Fireworks shoot out [of this collection].” —The Boston Globe With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as an older woman. Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a scrumptious, irresistible treat of a book, full of truths, laugh out loud moments that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Feminist Phoenix

Author: Jerome L. Rodnitzky,Jerry Rodnitzky,Morton Rodnitzky

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275965754

Category: Social Science

Page: 221

View: 682


The rise and fall of a feminist counterculture is traced through the feminist attempts to liberate popular media such as music, cinema, and television. The book also provides portraits of personalities such as Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and Gloria Steinem as countercultural models. In addition, the decline of feminism after 1980 is explored.