Why every woman moans about the size of her breasts: the late nora ephron was the razor sharp writer behind when harry met sally now the mail's serialising a joyous collection of her wittiest work by nora ephron published: 19:45 est, 29 august 2014 | updated: 03:40 est, 30 august 2014 e- mail · 390 view. In honor of her extraordinary career, we thought we would share nora ephron's 1972 essay, a few words about breasts, originally published in her esquire column please enjoy and pass along to friends: i have to begin with a few words about androgyny in grammar school, in the fifth and sixth grades,. Nora ephron's comic lament about how her late onset of puberty and earliest sexual experiences gave her a lifelong obsession with her breasts jessi klein, head writer for inside amy schumer, joins david brancaccio to discuss ephron's story and its lasting influence on the way women perceive and voice themselves in. The mark eden bust developer was a device and regimen sold by the mark eden company of san francisco, california, that promised to enlarge a woman's breasts jack and eileen feather, california based figure salon entrepreneurs, were the promoters of the device the product was widely marketed in women's. Years later, in 1972, ephron would write about the desperate measures she undertook, back in the fourth grade, to alter nature's course: buying a mark eden bust developer, splashing cold water on her chest every night, and sleeping on her back for four years that essay, a few words about breasts.
The us writer nora ephron, who died in 2012, is probably best known for her prolific career in hollywood, which included writing and directing successful romantic comedies such as sleepless in seattle (1993) and you've got mail ( 1998), among many others however, ephron first broke through as a journalist, writing for. She wrote, for instance, an essay about breasts in the seventies it was not about the radical body politic or patriarchal representation it was just about her breasts and how she wished they were bigger i've sometimes thought that third-wave feminism might have been better described as nora ephron. For the literary essayist, a breast is rarely just a breast” barrie jean borich recently, while preparing to lead a writing workshop for women with breast cancer, i pulled nora ephron's memoir essay “a few words about breasts” off the shelf “a few words about breasts” is not about breast cancer ephron. By the titles of her essays alone, i knew i was dealing with something new in the hands of a daring author: a few words about breasts, fantasies, on never having been a prom queen, the girls in the office, reunion, vaginal politics, and on and on seeing the world through ephron's eyes meant.
On her death in 2012, the new york times described nora ephron as a writer in the dorothy parker mould, “only smarter and funnier” the last interview brings together four encounters with ephron: the first shortly after her essay a few words about breasts had established her as the enfant terrible of the. The truth is, though, that no one wrote about nora ephron's life better, wittier, or more completely than ephron herself i could try to tell you why the stories in i feel bad about my neck had me in stitches i could attempt to explain why “a few words about breasts” is the perfect personal essay and when. Hyperbole is why an essay like “a few words about breasts” is so good the piece ran in esquire exactly 40 years ago, and all ephron does in it is reel off a few anecdotes about being flat-chested and wanting to be bustier it begins in her girlhood, continues into adolescence, and concludes in adulthood.
What ephron had going for her, fully formed and evermore, was a voice— deadpan, personal, digressive, intelligent, acidic, confiding—and that voice electrified everything she would ever write or film her first form was the personal essay, and she wrote about breasts (her own), about pastrami (langer's. I'm still wowed by nora ephron's conclusion to her 1975 essay, “a few words about breasts,” a lament about being flat-chested in a mammary-fixated world many have told her that breast size doesn't matter, ephron writes her almost mother-in-law advises her to be on top, so he won't notice others say. But books helped, particularly nora ephron's crazy salad, which i raided from my mother's bedside table in it was an essay about small breasts, containing references to optimum sexual positions as advocated by an interfering almost mother-in-law ephron might as well have been describing the position.