Whenever I’m stressed, I turn to movies to act as my escape from reality. If you were to get a glimpse of my DVD collection, you’d see that I own mostly “chick flicks,” and it’s these romantic comedies that give me a much-needed break from whatever is worrying me.
This week just so happens to be one of the more stressful ones I’ve had in a while. Piling homework and other issues stare at me in the face, and yet I can’t seem to relieve this stress no matter how much I try. The most logical thing would be to start crossing off everything on my to-do list, and I’m in the process of doing just that as the hours pass by. But, it’s reassuring to know that when I need that break, when I can’t find the motivation to study, when I can’t come up with one more word to fill the blank page in front of me, I have my “chick flicks” to let me clear my head.
Last night, I curled up in bed and watched The Devil Wears Prada (I finally got the chance to pop in the DVD since I stopped being an “incubus of viral plague”). I skimmed through the pages of Elle and Vogue magazines, relishing in the time I’d given myself to not worry about one damn thing. In this time, I read a beautifully-written article from Vogue that both honored a legend and granted me some travel inspiration.
The article “Meg, Nora, and Me” by Delia Ephron pays tribute to the late Nora Ephron, a gifted screenwriter, author, and producer among other things of some of my favorite “chick flicks.” Delia is Nora’s younger sister, and her article discusses some of her favorite memories with her sister and the process of recording the audiobook Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc). She began writing this collection of essays after Nora’s death in June 2012. Its audio recording has been done by Delia and actress Meg Ryan, whom both Delia and Nora worked with on multiple movies including Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
Midway through the article, Delia talks about Westway, a Greek diner she and Nora would frequent during rehearsals for Love, Loss, and What I Wore, the sisters’ last collaboration together. The New York play boasted the inclusion of actresses such as Rosie O’Donnell and Natasha Lyonne, one of the stars of the new hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Westway was the location of regular lunches the Ephron sisters had with the cast. I’m always looking for new restaurants to try when I visit New York, so it will be fitting to eat at a new place while at the same time honoring both Nora and Delia. Maybe I’ll see another celebrity while I’m there. Westway is located on 9th Avenue between 43rd Street and 44th Street, and it is open 24 hours a day serving breakfast items at all hours. This describes everything I look for in a diner. Late night pancakes anyone?
I didn’t realize it before reading this article, but I have much to be grateful for because of Nora Ephron. Thank you Nora for blessing the movie industry with unforgettable films. You paved the way for writers of today’s “chick flicks,” and yet very few seem to be of caliber to yours. Thank you Nora for giving me a chance to escape my world of stress and worry by falling into a film world of your creation. Lastly, thank you Delia for remembering Nora in this article and introducing me to a new diner. You’ve both begun to make my week a little less unbearable.
- The Ephron sisters, united by words (kansascity.com)
- R.i.p Nora Ephron ‘When Harry Met Sally’ & ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ Screenwriter Dies at 71 (binsidetv.net)
- Book review: Sister Mother Husband Dog (Etc.) (macleans.ca)