On Nora Ephron, by Tom Hanks – “Knowing Nora meant her world – or her neighborhood”

Knowing and loving Nora meant her world — or her neighborhood — became yours. She gave you books to read and took you to cafés you’d never heard of that became legends. You discovered Krispy Kremes from a box she held out, and you learned that there is such a thing as the perfect tuna sandwich. She would give your kids small, goofy parts in movies with the caveat that they might not make the final cut but you’d get a tape of the scene. For a wrap gift, she would send you a note saying something like, “A man is going to come to your house to plant an orange tree — or apple or pomegranate or whatever — and you will eat its fruit for the rest of your days.” Rita and I chose orange, and the fruit has been lovely, sweet and abundant, just as Nora promised — a constant and perfect reminder of the woman we loved so much.

 

Nora Ephron: A Life of Voice and Detail by Tom Hanks

 

 

A great scene from You’ve Got Mail, especially with Harry Nilsson’s rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow:

 

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