Lovers of stories everywhere lost a treasured wordsmith this week. Rest in Peace, dear Norah Ephron. Had I the chance to meet you, I would’ve told how much I loved and still love “You’ve Got Mail.” It’s the perfect story. Perfectly flawed characters, struggling with the perfect conflict in the perfect setting. I use it all the time when I teach plot structure. Thanks for all the other great stories you told us. You shall be missed. . . .
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” ~ Nora Ephron, 1941-2012