5 Relatable Moments From Nora Ephron’s ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’

Hi, and happy weekend! If you haven’t heard of her before, Nora Ephron is the writer of two of my favorite movies of all time: You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks being adorable, basically. I’d looked at some of her books before, but had never gotten around to actually, ya know, reading them. But since I’ve had next to no time to read lately, I thought a super short, funny collection of essays could be just the thing for me.

It was completely the thing I needed. She made me laugh, she made me think, and she made me nod my head in complete agreement. I will say though, that I didn’t know I Feel Bad About My Neck was about getting old, going in, but even that ended up being fine. Sure, I don’t have a flabby neck or kids, but that doesn’t mean I won’t some day!

So, without further ado, the five most relatable and funny moments from this collection:

“I Hate My Purse:” “This is for women who hate their purses, who are bad at purses, who understand that their purses are reflections of negligent house-keeping, hopeless organization, a chronic inability to throw anything away, and an ongoing failure to handle the obligations of a demanding and difficult accessory. This is for women whose purses are a morass of loose Tic Tacs, solitary Advils, lipsticks without tops, Chapsticks of unknown vintage…”

“On Rapture:”“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.”

“On Maintenance:” “…the amount of maintenance involving hair is genuinely overwhelming. Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.”

“Consider the Alternative:” “Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it’s your last, or do you save your money on the chance you’ll live twenty more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in American is so unbelievable delicious? And what about chocolate?”

What I Wish I’d Known:” “Write everything down. Keep a journal. Take More pictures. Whenever someone says the words ‘our friendship is more important than this,’ watch out, because it almost never is.”

What have you been reading lately?

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  1. I loved this book. You’ve made me want to read it again. And, yes, even though there is a lot in here about ageing, there are also so many great things to think about. Besides our necks. 🙂 I love the quote on reading. I also thought the things she had to say about changes in parenting over the years was interesting. Glad you liked it!

  2. I loved this book! If you ever want to re-read it, I highly recommend the audiobook version – it’s so nice to listen to her read these essays – it’s like a nice chat with a hilarious friend!