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Nora Ephron, 1941–2012

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In September 1968, when New York was just a few months old, a former New York Post reporter named Nora ­Ephron delivered one of its first great stories. Called “Critics in the World of The Rising Souffle (Or Is It the Rising ­Meringue?),” it was just about perfect: a witty takedown of the ridiculousness of the internal battles of the food-writing elite, one in which a lot of real ­reporting was masked by an impossibly light touch. Over the next 44 years, Ephron ­reappeared in these pages many times, as both a writer and a subject, befitting her New Yorker–about–town life. (Her last story ran here this April, when she wrote about Jean Harris for our anniversary issue on New York scandals throughout history.) For a time, she penned this magazine’s ­“Women” column, a series of smart, hilarious pieces she later collected in her book Crazy Salad. The inaugural column, which can be found here, appeared in the ­October 1, 1973 issue.

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