Nearing 70, Ephron loves writing essays on age

Thu Nov 4, 2010 6:36pm EDT
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By Mark Egan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As you age, live life to the fullest -- travel to exotic places, eat good food, walk in the park, read lots of books and under no circumstances eat egg-white omelettes.

That's the nub of Nora Ephron's new book, "I Remember Nothing," an acerbic, humorous set of essays that works as a sequel to her 2006 best-seller, "I Feel Bad About My Neck."

"You may look OK, you may even be able to jump rope, which I am able to do, but you are not the person you used to be," Ephron said in an interview at her Manhattan apartment.

"At some point, your luck is going to run out. ... You are very aware with friends getting sick that it can end in a second," she said.

That may sound bleak, but in person and in writing, Ephron delivers her message with the ebullient tones of hit movies she wrote such as "When Harry Met Sally..." and "Sleepless in Seattle," which she also directed.

At 69, dressed in black leather pants and high-heeled ankle boots, the author does not look as if she is battling the ravages of age. That's her point -- telling others of a similar age to enjoy life while they still can.

"You have to realistically know that you are in the long shadows now, and you have to live knowing that at a certain point, you will start failing in some way," she said.

"You should eat delicious things while you can still eat them, go to wonderful places while you still can ... and not have evenings where you say to yourself, 'What am I doing here? Why am I here? I am bored witless!'"   Continued...