Wallflower at the Orgy

Wallflower at the Orgy

Nora Ephron / Jun 27, 2019

Wallflower at the Orgy From her Academy Award nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays Nora Ephron is one of America s most gifted prolific and versatile writers In this classic collection of magazine

  • Title: Wallflower at the Orgy
  • Author: Nora Ephron
  • ISBN: 9780553385052
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • From her Academy Award nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America s most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit From tracking down the beginnings of the self help movement to dresFrom her Academy Award nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America s most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit From tracking down the beginnings of the self help movement to dressing down the fashion world s most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex Whether casting her ingenious eye on renowned director Mike Nichols, Cosmopolitan magazine founder Helen Gurley Brown or herself, as she chronicles her own beauty makeover Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic skill with the intimate style of an essayist and the incomparable talent of a great storyteller.

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      • Nora Ephron

        Nora Ephron was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and blogger.She was best known for her romantic comedies and is a triple nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle She sometimes wrote with her sister, Delia Ephron.


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    1. Wanting a 'reading -palate - cleanse' having recently read a delicious novel"The Hearts Invisible Furies", by John Boyne- a long involved 600 page readI reached for a thin book by the delightful and funny-(sadly deceased), Nora Ephron. I've read other books by her including the the book I own - the 600 page 'Celebrating Nora' book called "The Most of Nora Ephron" which came out soon after she diedill 'the best' everything you want to read about Nora Ephron is really in 'that' book as it's year [...]


    2. More mannered and dated than Crazy Salad, for me her standout nonfiction collection (I've heard Scribble Scribble highly praised, but it's been out of print for decades, used copies are really expensive, and the recent Kindle "omnibus" is incomplete). Altho the book is supposedly at least somewhat in defense of kitsch, there's no philosophical framework other than "I like fashion and fripperies," which is fine, but kind of shallow given Ephron's other, amazing essays on the Pillsbury Bake-Off an [...]


    3. I like Nora Ephron.In spite of the comical title, Wallflower at the Orgy is not the least bit funny. I SHOULD have stopped reading-but, wellI am not a quitter What Wallflower at the Orgy IS-is a collection of articles Nora Ephron wrote for Glamour magazine the sixties and seventies. It isn't that they are poorly writtenbut half the time I had no idea who she was writing about. I imagine that when these articles were originally collected and reprinted as a volume that they were exceedingly more r [...]


    4. Sometime last year, I read Nora Ephron's fantastic book Crazy Salad, which was a collection of columns she had written in the 1970s for various magazines. I loved that book and her writing. Even though the essays were dated, I enjoyed her wit and writing style. After all, Ms. Ephron is the genius behind When Harry Met Sally. After finishing Crazy Salad, I went on to read Scribble Scribble (collections of her columns about the media), I Feel Bad About My Neck (more recent book; focusing primarily [...]


    5. Nora Ephron's first collection of columns, while not quite rising to the level of her brilliant Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media or I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, proves greatly entertaining. Her articles, all originally published in magazines in 1968 or 1969, are all interesting, particularly the looks at Women's Wear Daily when it was still the bitchy record of the Ladies Who Lunch, before it atrophied into WWD, at the bloviating Ayn Rand, and at the rise [...]


    6. I suppose in part because of the author’s recent death, I find it difficult to say anything bad about Wallflower at the Orgy, which was a short and predictable collection of classic Ephron ruminations—on fashion, on people, on New York, etc. But even my main critique—that the book is a little too referential to withstand the test of time—turned out to be only partially true.Helen Gurley Brown, legendary editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and the subject of one of the essays in Wallflower, p [...]


    7. The topics are a little out-of-date since this is a collection of Nora Ephron's work from the 1960's but it's entertaining to read about once-or-stillfamous people like Arthur Frommer (of the Europe on $5-a-day budget travel guides outdated is that?; Cosmo Editor Helen Gurley Brown (who oddly, died about the same time as Nora); thethen-young director Mike Nichols (directing a haughty Orson Wells in "Catch-22") and the writing of Aryn Rand (which GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan may re-popularize, God [...]


    8. I love Nora Ephron and the pieces collected here are a great introduction to her style. But it is WAY too short to be any kind of meaningful collection.


    9. I found myself slogging through this book at a snail's pace. Nora Ephron is a fine writer. She does say early on that she's a succinct writer, and then she goes to ramble on more than needed (IMHO) in her essays. The topics were dated. She had a whole essay on Rod McKuen. I have no idea who he is; he supposedly sang and wrote poetry back in the 1960s as far as I could tell based on the essay. Well, he either had a career that ended in the 1960s or early 1970s, or I live under a rock. It could be [...]


    10. This is a collection of Ephron's writings from the late 60s. Unfortunately, I just can't relate to these articles the way I could to her memoirs, which I really enjoyed. I think readers who remember this period in time will be able to appreciate what she had to say about contemporary things while they were happening. Having just been born in the late 60s I didn't care so much about men's fashion and Erich Segal's 'Love Story' and felt the whole collection lacked what, grew to be, her signature s [...]


    11. More like 2.5 stars. Audiobook reader ok.I picked up the cd because I wanted something short and non-fiction to listen too.Even though I clearly remember the 70's (well mostly except when I was high which I admit was a lot) this book seemed a bit dated because the worlds and people Ephron writes about were so far from mine at the time. So it was a bit of a time capsule for things I missed.The essays include many things I and friends would have disparaged as being part of the "straight" world as [...]


    12. Here's the thing: Nora Ephron is a fun writer to read. That said, this is a collection of essays from the late 1960s and 1970s. About random then-famous people like Bill Blass. So, it was interesting in a historical pop culture kind of way, and gave me a better impression of what it was like to live in the decade leading up to my appearance on this earth. But it was not information I would generally seek out.


    13. I'm a bit ashamed to say that, at the age of 31, this is the first of Ephron's work that I've read. However, this is firmly in the "WAAAY better late than never" category, because it was just so great.The first thing that struck me was how utterly modern Ephron's style was. Which, of course, shows how influential she is - our Mindy Kalings and "Working Girls" and Mary Tyler Moores and on and on probably would not be where they are without her, now I know that for sure. I get why she ended up suc [...]


    14. I was drawn to this book because I like Nora Ephron's witty, self-deprecating style and also because one of the articles deals at length with the "foodie" scene in the 1960s, (in which I'm very interested) but which seems a world away now and featured such luminaries as Julia Child, James Beard, Judith Jones and others. Renowned as a talented journalist and story teller, Nora Ephron has written much better stuff than this. As she herself admits in the introduction to the collection, written some [...]


    15. What a delightful book from a delightful writer. Read the intro/prologue deal. Normally that is NEVER TRUE/NEVER A GOOD IDEA since the stories are ruined or someone tells a boring story about wheat in Berlin or how page 68 doesn't read the same when you are not in Madrid in 1930. But this one is great and she talks about working at the NY Post and how the editors changed her writing drastically. Her introductions to her articles are fun and interesting. The article about Mike Nichols is terrific [...]


    16. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get around to reading Nora Ephron's essays, but I'm so glad I finally did. Wallflower at the Orgy is a brilliant collection of Ephron's work - her profiles of Helen Gurley Brown and WWD are the standout pieces - and highlight not just how good she was at picking up on the mood and cultural trends in a time and place, but also all the insecurities and doubts her characters have.


    17. This collection of articles and interviews from the 1960s perfectly captures the journalistic mood of the period and they are a fun read. I lived through the period -- it may not appeal to a younger generation.


    18. As usual, witty and deliciously written.But God what we were obsessed with back then!!!A quite unwelcome look in the rearview mirror…


    19. It makes me so sad that this is the last Nora Ephron book that exists for me to read. I love and miss her voice. Nora forever!


    20. Here's the thing. Nora Ephron is the baddest essay writer a girl could hope for--sharp-witted and informative with a satirical overtone to many of her works. I love her stuff. The problem is that these essays were written in the late 60's, early 70's, which isn't necessarily problematic, but the cultural references could go over my head: "A rhinestone in a trash can and the Love Machine phenomenon of J. Susann," for example. J. Susann? Who even cares? Then, there was a long interview at the end [...]


    21. Interesting look at a Lady who was destined for greatness given the circumstances opportunities and situations her life seemed to easily lay out (she outlined in the writings)Interesting her position was JFK did not hit on her bc of she was Jewish ??Ephron then goes on to write extensively about how (her words writing not mine) physically unattractive she is ??Seems she wants it both ways ?? she had some interesting takes on HGBrown -- she was suppose to be this big feminist icon - but she was w [...]


    22. So I love Nora EphronWhen Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite movies. But this book is a collection of essays she wrote early in her career, which was before I was born. I felt like I was reading about a time that I know nothing about, so I had no context in which to place the events/people that she was discussing. I know who Mike Nichols is, but her interview with him was very long and rambling. She talks about many NY socialites of that time, only a few of which I had a vague notion of. This [...]


    23. This collection of articles written by Ephron when she was a journalist provides a view interesting window into the arts (mostly) in the very early 70s. It gets 3 stars because it's so dated. You might need to know a little bit about the era to really appreciate the insights. You should also know who Mike Nichols was because two of the articles are about him. (Ex. the gushy article about Catch-22 is particularly fascinating as long as you know it was Nichols's complete FLOP follow-up to The Grad [...]


    24. I agree with other reviewers that this collection is too dated to be rated higher than 3 stars. I did really enjoy the last two chapters on Mike Nichols and will read more about him. I think some of her screenplays are fabulous, and "When Harry Met Sally" is one of my favorite movies. However, I am not a city girl and do not share her New York City roots. I do not care a whit about fashion or celebrity chefs. There is much to admire in her story, her relationships and her many accomplishments. I [...]


    25. Cuando una escritora comienza un libro diciendo que esta no es una muestra de lo mejor de su trabajo, hay que creerle, amo a Nora Ephron pero tiene razón, esta colección de artículos publicados en Cosmopolitan, no muestran el ingenio que con el tiempo habría de desarrollar su pluma. Lo mejor, por lo anecdótico, la crónica final sobre la filmación de Catch-22 de Mike Nichols, sobre todo cuando aparece Orson Welles en escena, un genio ya en la decadencia que al principio todos veneran, y al [...]


    26. These collection of essays are so readable and delightful, that even though written in the late 60s and early 70s about things and interests of their time, I was still interested. This book is witty --- the best meaning of that word, not the worst. Truly smart sophisticated comedy that isn't necessarily laugh-out-loud but is so well done, you wish you'd wrote it. Wish you could write it. And her takedown of Ayn Rand should not be missed.


    27. Ephron is such a pleasure to read and remains relevant as well clairvoyant years after her passing. This is a collection of stories that show her bracing wit over her many years as a reporter adding objectivity to insanity, hence the title.A pleasant and moving read that may well be a nice additon to any beach bagile


    28. This book really did not age well. Neither did Ephron’s namedropping judgmental (oh but it’s not bitchy if I pretend to be above it all and laugh at myself too) brand of feminism. Only gave it more than one star for the chapters on Frommers and Ayn Rand.


    29. Mildly interestingA few good essays and then some filler interviews. Talented, but cranky woman. Followed up with viewing "Everything is copy", a documentary her son made following her death. What was remarkable was her singular secretiveness regarding her imminent death.


    30. I love Nora, I have a copy of the Most of Nora Ephron and love everything in it. There's a reason most of these articles aren't in there. They're dated, a little shallow and not very interesting. Skip this and read I feel bad about my neck instead.


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