Nora Ephron

Amazon’s ’60s Feminism Pilot ‘Good Girls Revolt’ Wants to Be ‘Mad Men,’ But With Nora Ephron

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The pilot of Amazon’s late-’60s feminist office drama Good Girls Revolt ends with a group of women gleefully telling their male colleagues that they’ve been to the kind of women’s meeting where women investigate their vaginas with their compact mirrors. Then one woman goes home and, as her husband kvetches from the bedroom, sits on the toilet and pulls out her compact mirror.
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10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s New York Film Festival

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Under normal circumstances, the New York Film Festival would open this evening — this is when it usually falls on the calendar, after all. But there’s the matter of a certain papal visit (and no, apparently His Holiness didn’t plan his New York visit around the premiere of The Walk), so the 53rd annual NYFF will kick off tomorrow. And as the fine folks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center have been screening select titles from the fest over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen a few worth putting in your path.
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50 of the Greatest Summer Reads of All Time

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Summer reading lists: everyone’s got ’em. But what makes an ideal summer read? It sort of depends on who you are and what you’re doing, but here are a few suggestions: something light, something funny, something sun-drenched and atmospheric, something to travel with, something that will hold your attention no matter what’s going on around you, something exciting — but still literary.
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50 Books to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year! Now get to work. Everyone loves a good resolution at this time of year, but in three weeks’ time? Whole different story. So what to do when your resolve is flagging and you need a little reminder of the shiny new self you promised past you? Well, you might try and take some inspiration from a good book. After all, the worst that can happen is that you’ll have gotten some quality literature under your belt, right? Here, you’ll find book prescriptions for ten worthy resolutions, from getting healthier to learning new skills to reading more poetry. Yes. You’re …Read More

50 Books to Cure Heartbreak

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Heartbroken? Left alone? Depressed? And right before the holidays? Never fear, because this is no end-of-year list — it’s a list to cure that broken heart of yours. Now, there are as many ways to mend a broken heart as there are to break one, but hopefully this list will contain something for everyone, whether you prefer to muffle pain with laughter, or might take some hope in a happy ending, or just need to wallow. After all, as James Baldwin said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” So here you go, gang: 50 cures for love, all $25 or less.
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In Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please,’ We See the Boss Behind the Comedy

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There’s a certain clarity to Amy Poehler that’s like a bright beam of sunshine on the world. She’s smart and wily, able to wring laughs out of the goofiest material, always the funniest person in the room, and on top of it, she clearly has her head on straight. She stars in Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope, appears in movies, is one of the guiding forces in improv comedy as we know it today through the Upright Citizens Brigade, produces shows like her brother’s sitcom Welcome to Sweden, and has carved out a side hustle as a really reliable awards host and anarchic presence. In addition to all that, she has one of the coolest passions, Smart Girls at the Party, a web series and cultural force (they have a summer camp! Poehler gives advice through “Ask Amy!”) that is an empowering online community for young women, encouraging them to “change the world by being yourself.”
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Flavorwire Roundtable: Is Lena Dunham a Voice of a Generation in ‘Not That Kind of Girl’?

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We are living through a golden age of the female-comedian memoir. Stoked by Chelsea Handler’s consistently bestselling memoirs about drinking and sex, the genre became a full-on trend with Tina Fey’s Bossypants in 2011. The latest example is Not That Kind of Girl, the debut book by Girls creator, writer, director, and lead actress Lena Dunham. Notable for garnering a $3.7 million advance and much attendant outrage, it’s filled with essays about the 28-year-old artist’s life so far, with subjects ranging from childhood to boys to work. So, beyond the hype, is Not That Kind of Girl any good? And is Dunham the voice of our generation — or a voice of a? Four Flavorwire staffers have four different …Read More

Is Lena Dunham Really the Millennial Woody Allen?

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Lena Dunham has a book out very, very soon, and you know what that means: it’s time for cover stories and blog posts and an entire cultural conversation about the auteur of an HBO comedy series, so let’s strap in. First out of the gate is the New York Times, with a cover story entitled “Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing,” which has prompted a bit of hand-wringing around the ol’ Twittersphere — not because of its generally Dunham-positive tone, or for any particularly reward-worthy photos, but because profile writer Meghan Daum had the audacity to (frequently!) compare Ms. Dunham to Woody Allen, and how dare she.
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50 Essays Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person

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It’s hard to be a person in the world today — or, really, any day, but today’s what we’ve got. Humans are striving creatures, and also empathetic ones, so most of us are always looking for an opportunity to improve ourselves, even in tiny, literary ways. We’ve already established that novels can make you a better person, but of course, novels also take you down a long winding road to get there. If you’re looking for a more direct shot to the heart, try an essay. After the jump, you’ll find 50 essays more or less guaranteed to make you a better person — or at least a better-read one — some recommended by notables of the literary and literary nonfiction world, some recommended by yours truly, incessant consumer of the written word. Don’t see the essay that changed your life? Please do add it to the list.
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