Nora Ephron Strives to Be Like John Gotti


For a long time, Ephron kept a picture of the mobster John Gotti on her desk, taken during the trial that sent him to prison for the rest of his life. ‘He was walking out of the courthouse in the most perfect suit, and he looked so great,’ Ephron told me. To her it symbolized a spunky defiance that she could appreciate: self-confidence in the face of humiliation and defeat. ‘I don’t mean you can’t have your feelings hurt or that you can’t sit at home and feel sorry for yourself briefly,’ Ephron said. ‘But then I think you just have to start typing and do the next thing.” [NYer]