A Woman To Remember
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We have already begun to enshrine her, in our hearts and our cultural memory.
How to Commemorate Nora Ephron
I never had the honor to meet Nora Ephron, so I feel I can only talk around her. She has always been this cinematic giantess to work around, but now, with all the words written about her after her death, I don't feel I can ever get at her, not really. We have already begun to enshrine her, in our hearts and our cultural memory. I do not lament this, but it does make working out what her writing has meant to me a difficult set of feelings to parse out.
But maybe I am able to say this: there are people in this world who have a gift. Their gift is not necessarily words or creativity, imagination or dialogue. No, their gift is this: to take their tools and their talents and change the way people think and understand, the way they interact with one another. Nora Ephron had this gift. She changed the way I saw pieces of the world, and I know from the outpourings after her death, she changed many others.
And while I am sad that she left us, sad that she will no longer share any new stories or screenplays with us, I remind myself to be grateful I had a chance to encounter the work of a woman like her at all. And I remember that we should all be so lucky to leave this world with such a body of work behind us, with such a legacy to offer to our audience.
Aminah mae Safi, Contributing Writer: Aminah Mae Safi is Texas transplant based in Los Angeles, where there is an unfortunate dearth of barbeque and queso. She wishes people would stop thinking of cooking as a chore and that feminism would stop being a dirty word. If she could start over again, she'd skipped school to become an action hero. When compiling a heist team to rob a Vegas casino, she would recruit Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Russell, Mathilda Wormwood, and Gertrude Bell. She's probably... (more...)