“After reading her screenplay (co-written with her sister Delia) for You’ve Got Mail, I told her I was in. “Good,” she said, “but we have to start shooting in the next five minutes, before AOL disappears and something else takes the place of e-mail.” —Tom Hanks: Remembering Writer and Director Nora Ephron
“Writing in New York that same year, Ephron described her first year in the city, cycling through apartments and roommates and jobs. She had wanted to return to New York since she’d left as a 5-year-old. “I thought it was going to be the most exciting, magical, fraught-with-possibility place that you could ever live in; a place where if you really wanted something, you might be able to get it; a place where I’d be surrounded by people I was dying to be with. And I turned out to be right.” She wasn’t just good at endings, she was good at it all.” —Nora Ephron, 1941-2012 (via interweber)
“Inside the great publishing houses — grand names like Macmillan, Penguin and Random House — there is a sense of unease about the long-term fate of Barnes & Noble, the last major bookstore chain standing. First, the megastores squeezed out the small players. (Think of Tom Hanks’s Fox & Sons Books to Meg Ryan’s Shop Around the Corner in the 1998 comedy, “You’ve Got Mail”.) Then the chains themselves were gobbled up or driven under, as consumers turned to the Web. B. Dalton Bookseller and Crown Books are long gone. Borders collapsed last year.” —
“I don’t have credit card debt because Suze Orman advises against it…” —
Read this entire thing right now, everyone.
Check out YGM co-writer Delia Ephron in the Times Op-Ed section today.
“The sequel will be focused on the eventual karmic-demise of Joe Fox as Amazon.com eats Fox Book’s lunch and pushes them into Chapter 11. Sadly, poor “shopgirl” continues a lifetime of victimhood as she is married to Joe F-O-X. And the hero - the one who you would never think went on to live a life both fulfilling as it is funny - the Patricia Eden (Parker Posey) character. Portrayed as a bit of a “hot mess” in the first chapter, she ends up having a life that is hilarious and successful, eventually rolling a publishing empire into ownership of AOL after inheriting Nelson Fox’s remaining fortune (yes, Dabney Coleman’s character does end up finding her interesting) and divesting her interest in the bookstore business.” —One of our organizers is blogging for Gawker this weekend, and has found a real wealth of You’ve Got Mail aficionados.
- Joe Fox: So what's his handle?
- Kathleen Kelly: Uh...
- Joe Fox: I'm not going to write him. Is that what you're worried about? You think I'm going to e-mail him?
- Kathleen Kelly: [beat] All right, NY152.
- Joe Fox: N-Y-one-five-two. One hundred and fifty-two. He's a hundred and fifty-two years old. He's had one hundred and fifty-two moles removed, so now he's got one hundred fifty-two pock marks on his... on his face...
- Kathleen Kelly: The number of people who think he looks like Clark Gable.
- Joe Fox: One hundred and fifty-two people who think he looks like a Clark *Bar*.
- Kathleen Kelly: [laughing] Why did I even tell you about this?
- Joe Fox: A hundred and fifty-two stitches from his nose job. The number of his souvenir shot glasses that he's collected in his travels.
- Kathleen Kelly: No! The number... the numb... his address? No! No, he would never do anything that prosaic.