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26. Passionate advocate of 'books for kids' - obit

Margaret Elizabeth Dunkle, Obit

extract, from The Age

MARGARET ELIZABETH DUNKLE (nee TETER) AUTHOR, EDUCATOR 26-10-1922 - 23-11-2012 MARGARET (Maggie) Dunkle, a leading member of Victoria's children's literature community, has died peacefully in Bali.

Margaret was well known as an author, critic, librarian, lecturer and consultant. She was made an honorary life member of the Victorian branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia in recognition of her 15 years on the council executive and her passionate commitment to providing quality literature for children.


In 1979, Maggie resigned from the State Library of Victoria to become a children's literature consultant. In her new career, she became a regular children's literature reviewer for The Age, the Australian Book Review and the Australian Bookseller and Publisher journal, she consulted with and mentored authors and illustrators of children's books, gave lectures and storytelling engagements and was one of the original members of the Storytelling Guild. She also wrote books including guides to children's literature such as Books for Kids - A Guide to the Best in Children's Reading for Australian Parents and Teachers. Her most important scholarly work was Black in focus: a guide to Aboriginality in literature for young people. Her books for children included The Story Makers, a collection of interviews with authors and illustrators of children's books, which stimulated interest among Australian teachers in encouraging children to write to authors. Her final children's books, called the Clean Bali series, were written in Bali and published in English, Balinese and Indonesian.

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27. Dolores Prida Has Died

Dolores Prida, the playwright, poet and columnist, has passed away.

Her plays included Beautiful Señoritas, (1977), A House of Her Own (1999) and Four Guys Named José … and Una Mujer Named María! (2000).

Here is an excerpt from one of her 2011 columns for the Daily News:

As I celebrate my 50th anniversary as a New Yorker, the one regret I have, the one shadow marring and in a way devaluing all the good things that have happened, is that today, as an American citizen with a Hispanic name, I feel less welcome than in 1961. There’s an atmosphere of hate and rejection toward immigrants, and too many ears are now closed to what we have to say. It’s an invisible, insurmountable wall keeping us apart. It’s sad, I know but, hey, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.


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28. Robert Lescher Has Died

Literary agent Robert Lescher has passed away. He was 83-years-old.

Lescher established his career in the publishing industry as an editor. He climbed his way up and obtained the title of editor-in-chief at Henry Holt & Company. During his tenure at Holt, he edited the works of legendary poet Robert Frost, short story writer Wolcott Gibbs and memoirist Alice B. Toklas.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “When Mr. Lescher began his literary agency in 1965, his reputation for aesthetic insight and painstaking attentiveness to writers made him highly sought after…[Lescher's] clients included Frances FitzGerald, Benjamin Spock, Paula Fox, Madeleine L’Engle, Andrew Wyeth and Georgia O’Keeffe. Isaac Bashevis Singer, having served as his own agent for many years, hired Mr. Lescher in 1972, six years before Singer would receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.” (via Shelf Awareness)

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29. Jack Gilbert Has Died

Poet Jack Gilbert has passed away at 87 years old. Follow this link to explore Collected Poems, his life work published earlier this year.

Earlier this week, the LA Times released a profile of the poet, an excellent introduction to his life and work. In 2005, The Paris Review published a long interview with the poet, here is an excerpt, sharing his thoughts about poetry:

I think serious poems should make something happen that’s not correct or entertaining or clever. I want something that matters to my heart, and I don’t mean “Linda left me.” I don’t want that. I’ll write that poem, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about being in danger—as we all are—of dying. How can you spend your life on games or intricately accomplished things? And politics? Politics is fine. There’s a place to care for the injustice of the world, but that’s not what the poem is about. The poem is about the heart. Not the heart as in “I’m in love” or “my girl cheated on me”—I mean the conscious heart, the fact that we are the only things in the entire universe that know true consciousness. We’re the only things—leaving religion out of it—we’re the only things in the world that know spring is coming.

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30. Helen Nicoll obituary | Books | guardian.co.uk

Meg and Mog Author Obituary

Jan Pienkowski remembers his illustrator collaborator on the Meg and Mog books...

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31. Nina Bawden obituary | Books | The Guardian

Nina Bawden - Obituary

The Guardian's obituary, published 22 Aug 2012

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32. Sergio Toppi, a personal memory

Sergio Toppi signing in Barcelona Comicon Sergio Toppi, a personal memory
by David Macho

Some hours ago I found out Sergio Toppi has passed away. Art as a whole, and not only comics or illustration, has lost one of its biggest masters and even more important, a kind, humble, and amazing human being with a heart of gold. Also this year, we’ve lost Jean Giroud (Moebius) and, very recently, Joe Kubert. Three giants I had the immense honor to meet, and that leave a hole that will be so, so difficult to fill.

I won’t go into detail about Sergio’s resume. I assume you’ve been able to read about that all day, and Lambiek did it much better than I could, but I will ask you to check his art there and anywhere you can, because not a single word I could say ould do the man any justice. As the saying goes, an image is worth a thousand words, and in Toppi’s case, that is selling him short.

But I will tell you a personal story about how I met Sergio Toppi, as I recall it…

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Sergio Toppi and his wife Aldina were two of our guests at Barcelona International Comicon in 2005. He was invited to the Con to celebrate the release of a new Spanish edition of his book Sharaz’de, published by Planeta DeAgostini. To invite him I contacted his publisher at Editions Mosquito in France, but I never talked to him until we picked him up. As you can imagine, being a creator of his stature, I was a little hesitant. The moment I met Sergio and Aldina, eveything changed. I think Sergio was 73 by then, and he and his wife turned out to be two lovable, kind, and incredibly giving elders. Everybody, creators, my Con assistants, the fans, the people at Planeta and everybody else at the Con just fell in love with both of them, and they certainly deserved no less. I was worried about his age and maybe overworking him, but he was the humble, hardworking, kind master all the time. Sergio was calm, and collected, but man, I hope I have his stamina when I get to be 73!

But I really didn’t know how really generous and kind Sergio was until then last night of the Con.

You know, to speak to Sergio and Aldina we exchanged a strange mix of Spanish, French and Italian, or so I recall. My French was and is rusty, and they didn’t really speak any Spanish, so it was a bit comical to see us trying to understand each other, with his wife explaining what I had just mumbled to him when he didn’t understand, but neither of them ever lost their kindness, their smiles… That night, I was translating to him from English to the “strange mix” what my dear friend Bob Schreck was telling him, reminding Sergio of the pinup he had done for Sin City and how much he and Frank Miller had loved it. Seeing the sheer joy in Sergio’s face when hearing that was a sight to behold, and a lesson for any person, artist or not, with an ego as big as the Batcave, about how a genius can receive a compliment, enjoy it as a little kid would love a candy bar, and then kindly scoff at any comments when he was called what he really was, a MASTER.

But that wasn’t all.

Some minutes later, I asked Sergio for a sketch for one of his biggest admirers, Mark Chiarello, explaining to hi

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33. RIP: Sergio Toppi

5191401803 dcc2d983aa RIP: Sergio ToppiWe’ve lost another great one: news spread today that Italian art master Sergio Toppi had passed away at age 80. Toppi got his start in advertising (and his sketchy, geometric styleed the way for the familiar mid-century advertising look) but contributed comics to such magazines as Linus, Corto Maltese, Un uomo un’avventura, and Il Giornalino in Italy and l’Histoire de France en bandes dessinées and La Découverte du Monde in France. Best known for single stories rather than series characters, in recent years he worked exclusively with the French publisher Editions Mosquito. Archaia is bringing out a US edition of his retelling of the Arabian Knights, Sharaz-De later this year. A selection is below.An ultra-sophisticated, elegant master of pen and ink, Toppi influenced Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson, and many others. News of his passing hit Twitter hard.

And many more here.

Gorgeous Toppi gallery on Flickr
A tribute from Doug Manchess at Tor
• From 2004 — Chris Weston interviews Toppi for the Pulse!

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34. Phyllis Diller Has Died

Comedian and author Phyllis Diller has passed away.

Diller began a career as a stand-up comedian as a 37-year-old mother, becoming one of the most famous comedians of her generation (you can watch her on the The Ed Sullivan Show video embedded above). Most recently, Diller had published Like a Lampshade In a Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy. Follow this link to read an excerpt from the book.

Patterson & Associates wrote about her literary career in her official biography: “She has written four best selling books for Doubleday: Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints, Phyllis Diller’s Marriage Manual, The Complete Mother, and the most recent, The Joys of Aging and How To Avoid Them (all are out of print). These books, and several comedy albums crystallize the famous Diller wit – the housewife’s lament about her hair, her clothes, her housekeeping ability, kids, pets, neighbors – the gamut of American suburban life.”


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35. Helen Gurley Brown Has Died

Author and Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown has died after a long and eventful life that followed her own advice: “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”

Her career took off in 1962 when she published Sex and the Single Girl. She went on to become editor of Cosmo in 1965, helping the magazine grow into 64 international editions over the course of her career. The magazine is now published in 35 languages and over 100 countries. Here’s more about her writing career:

On the bestseller lists for more than a year, Sex and the Single Girl has been published in 28 countries and translated into 16 languages. The book encouraged young women to enjoy being single, find fulfillment in work and non-marital relationships with men, and take pleasure in sex …  Warner Bros. bought the film rights to Sex and the Single Girl for what was then the highest price ever paid for a non-fiction title. The 1964 film starred Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Lauren Bacall and Henry Fonda.


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36. Jean Merrill, Children's Book Writer, Dies at 89 - NYTimes.com

Jean Merrill - NYT Obit

New York Times obituary:

Jean Merrill, a children's author best known for her 1964 book, "The Pushcart War," about street peddlers in New York who use (nonlethal) guerrilla tactics and savvy publicity maneuvers to fight back when unbridled Big Business threatens to banish their pushcarts from the streets -- a book, in other words, that Mother Jones or Saul Alinsky might have produced had they been writers of whimsical allegories -- died on Aug. 2 at her home in Randolph, Vt. She was 89...

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37. David Rakoff Has Died

Humorous writer David Rakoff has passed away. He was 47 years old.

He wrote three books: Don’t Get Too Comfortable, Fraud and the Thurber Prize-winning essay collection, Half Empty. He was also a frequent contributor on This American Life, and you can listen to all his past episodes at this link.

Here’s an excerpt from an essay he wrote about his first glimpse of Times Square in college, a perfect mix of writing and humor: “The colossus towering over this particular moment shuddering between decadence and recovery was not Bartholdi’s Lady Liberty but the first of Calvin Klein’s bronzed gods, high above Times Square. Leaning back, eyes closed, in his blinding white underpants against a sinuous form in similarly white Aegean plaster, his gargantuan, sleeping, groinful beauty was simultaneously Olympian and intimate, awesome and comforting. Here was the city in briefs: uncaring, cruelly beautiful, and out of reach.” (Photo via Don Denton)


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38. Astronaut & Author Sally Ride Has Died

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has passed away. She was 61 years old.

In addition to her historic career as an astronaut, Ride helped write seven science books for kids, including: To Space and Back, Voyager; The Mystery of Mars and Mission Save the Planet. You can find all her books at this link. Here’s more from her biography:

In August 1979, after a yearlong training and evaluation period, Sally became eligible for assignment as an astronaut on a space shuttle flight crew. She was selected as a mission specialist for mission STS-7 aboard the shuttle Challenger. When Challenger blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983, Sally soared into history as the first American woman in space. “The thing that I’ll remember most about the flight is that it was fun,” said Sally. “In fact, I’m sure it was the most fun I’ll ever have in my life.”


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39. Donald J. Sobol (1924-2012)

encyclopedia brown Donald J. Sobol (1924 2012)Author Donald J. Sobol died on July 11, 2012, in Miami, Florida, at the age of eighty-seven.

He is best known for his long-running and beloved boy detective series Encyclopedia Brown. The series was honored with a special Edgar Award in 1976 and inspired both a comic strip (1978-1980) and a television show (1989). Sobol’s twenty-eighth Encyclopedia Brown book will be published by Penguin in October 2012.

Sobol’s more than eighty books include children’s novel Secret Agents Four (1967) in addition to adult fiction and nonfiction.

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40. Stephen R. Covey Has Died

Nonfiction writer Stephen R. Covey has died. He was 79 years old.

In 1989, Covey (pictured, via) published the bestselling self-help book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. According to The Huffington Post, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People have sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world.

He also wrote The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness and The Leader in Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time.


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41. Encyclopedia Brown Author Donald J. Sobol Has Died

Encyclopedia Brown Strikes Again (1965)

Encyclopedia Brown author Donald J. Sobol has passed away. He was 87 years old.

This GalleyCat editor will never forget the hours and hours he spent devouring this Edgar Award-winning mystery series. In addition to these books, Sobol also wrote the Two Minute Mystery series from 1959 until 1968. He launched Encyclopedia Brown in 1963, and the books are still available today from Penguin.  Here is more from his biography:

Each book in the series contains ten mysteries presented in readable sentences and enhanced with witty puns and other verbal jokes. Solutions to each case are printed in the back of the book, but readers are encouraged to solve the cases themselve, reading carefully, and using a variety of methods, including deductive reasoning, psychology, and careful observation of physical evidence. Ten-year-old Leroy Brown is called “Encyclopedia” because he is so smart that he seems to know everything you would find in a set of encyclopedias. Sobol once said, “Readers constantly ask me if Encyclopedia is a real boy. The answer is no … He is, perhaps, the boy I wanted to be — doing the things I wanted to read about but could not find in any book when I was ten.”


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42. SDCC12: Watchtower Friday


No particular rhyme or reason, just gonna shoot them out as items.  Each bullet is hyperlinked, click on the headline to read more!

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43. Marvel Cancel NINE Titles!

Marvel Now! was always going to claim some victims before relaunching, and now it’s made revealed (through that most sneaky of revealers, the solicitations listing) that nine of their current books will die in order for Marvel Now! to live.

UNCX020 COVER FINAL 2 Marvel Cancel NINE Titles!

Those nine titles are: Captain AmericaFantastic FourFFIncredible HulkInvincible Iron ManNew MutantsThe Mighty ThorUncanny X-Men and X-Men Legacy.

This isn’t completely surprising in every case, because Brian Michael Bendis already said that Uncanny would end and several of the other books were winding up long-standing runs with big name creators. Matt Fraction was already set to leave Invincible Iron Man, while Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brubaker were both already known to be leaving the Fantastic Four titles and Captain America, respectively.

What does this mean for the characters? Well, Captain America, Thor and X-Men Legacy’s Rogue are all in a team together anyway, while Iron Man will surely find a place in one of the Avengers titles. But what of the Fantastic Four? They’ve completely dropped off the map, apparently, and the World’s Greatest Superhero Family look set to pack up their bags for a one-way trip to the one place they’ve never been before: comic-book limbo.

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It’s interesting to note that most of these books were handled by the ‘Architects’ of Marvel, and that some low-selling titles like the beloved Journey Into Mystery have survived this new purge. Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man also escapes the destruction, so that much-teased ‘big change’ in issue #700 isn’t going to see the book cancelled, thankfully.

Three X-Men books are chopped, including flagship Uncanny X-Men. Which is a massive surprise, because most were predicting that the pointless titles – adjectiveless X-Men and Astonishing X-Men – would be the two to go. New Mutants was expected to go, and does. But it’s still surprising to see just how big a change Marvel seem to be making. What new books are going to replace these ones, which surely were the backbone of the Marvel Universe?

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44. Ellen Levine (1939-2012)

Ellen Levine, award-winning children’s author and tireless advocate for social justice, has passed away. Here are some Horn Book reviews of her most influential works.

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45. Leo Dillon (1933-2012)

Leo Dillon has passed away. Over a career that spanned five decades, the formidable illustrator, along with his collaborator and wife Diane, won numerous awards, including two Caldecott Medals (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, 1976 and Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, 1977), a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and several Coretta Scott King Honors.

Editor Phyllis J. Fogelman shares her thoughts about the Dillons in a 1976 piece in The Horn Book Magazine.

In this entertaining article from a 1977 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, Leo and Diane pay tribute to each other — and son Lee talks about them both.

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The Dillons in 1977. Photograph by Kenneth M. Bernstein.


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The Dillons at the Eric Carle Museum in 2008. Photo by Deborah Hallen.

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46. Ray Bradbury Has Died

The great science fiction writer Ray Bradbury has passed away. He was 91-years-old. io9 broke the sad news this morning.

His 30 books included The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes and I Sing the Body Electric!, Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind. His unforgettable body of work included nearly 600 short stories, earning a spot in more than 1,000 school anthologies.

Share your Bradbury memories in the comments section. In a Paris Review interview, the writer shared this thought: “I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school. ”


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47. Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012


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The Los Angeles Times has reported on the passing of Ray Bradbury.  He leaves behind 11 novels, over 400 novelettes and short stories, at least 45 collections, numerous dramatizations, and various work.  Wikipedia has an incomplete bibliography, and the Grand Comics Database lists the various comics adaptations.

Among his many accomplishments:

  • Two awards named for him (The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, bestowed by the Science Fiction Writers of America for screenwriting (recently won by Neil Gaiman; The Ray Bradbury Creativity Award, administered by Woodbury University, which bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate in 2003.)
  • An impact crater on the Moon, named “Dandelion Crater” by Apollo 15 astronauts.
  • An asteroid, 9766 Bradbury.
  • An Emmy Award for “The Halloween Tree“.
  • The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, awarded in 2000 from the National Book Foundation.
  • The National Medal of Arts
  • From his peers: the World Fantasy Award for life achievement, Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association  for life achievement, Science Fiction Writers Association  Grand Master, SF Hall of Fame Living Inductee, First Fandom Award, and Science Fiction Poetry Association Grandmaster.
  • In 2007, a special citation from the Pulitzer Board, “for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.”  (John Coltrane was also so recognized.)
  • A starship (and starship class) on Star Trek.

However, his greatest honor will probably be the Butterfly Effect, originally presented in his seminal 1952 short story, “A Sound of Thunder”, first published in Colliers.  The idea: a small deviation (for example: .506 instead of .506127) can create a far-reaching rippl

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48. Erica Kennedy Has Died

Author Erica Kennedy has passed away. She was 42-years-old.

Kennedy wrote the novel Bling and designed the cover herself. She started writing as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News, and her work was published in Vibe, In Style, Paper and Elle UK. Over at xoJane, author Bassey Ikpi wrote a heartfelt tribute to the author:

Her ability to tap into your fear and then allow you no excuses to shy from doing “it” (whatever “it” was) was a gift. She was a visionary. She was revolutionary in the way she approached life and work and friendships and networking. Erica and I would have long conversations about everything under the sun. We would laugh until our sides hurt and then with one word she would have my heart aching so furiously that I wouldn’t be able to see the sun if it asked for me. Then out of nowhere — just a quick turn of phrase — and I’d be back to laughter.


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49. LeRoy Neiman Has Died

Artist and author LeRoy Neiman has passed away. He was 91-years-old.

Neiman published 15 books over the course of his life. Earlier this month, he released his memoir, All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, and Provocateurs. The artist was best known for his vibrant paintings of athletes. You can explore his work at this link. Here’s more from his official obituary:

It all began at the age of ten, on his grade school playground of St. Vincent’s in Duluth, when he began plying his trade as a tattoo artist to his classmates, until the practice was squelched by his teachers.  But the fire had been ignited, and pursuing his innate talent became both an escape from his Depression surroundings, and an entrée into the world at large.  His insatiable curiosity and passion for living, lead to a life that lead to developing Playboy with long-time friend, Hugh Hefner, becoming artist-in-residence at every major sporting event of the past century, establishing friendships with Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra and a panoply of celebrities. His iconic images of Ali and Sinatra, the Playboy Femlin, jazz musicians, U.S. presidents, Olympic athletes, Los Vegas gamblers, the animals of Africa, and the world’s most elegant restaurants and watering holes will endure well beyond his passing.

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50. Nora Ephron Has Died

Author, director and screenwriter Nora Ephron has passed away. She was 71 years old. She created such memorable films as When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and Julie & Julia.

Ephron had written a number of books, including Crazy Salad, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman and I Remember Nothing: And other Reflections. In the video embedded above, she talked about her writing on The View.  Here’s more from The New York Times:

Ms. Ephron’s collection I Remember Nothing concludes with two lists, one of things she says she won’t miss and one of things she will. Among the “won’t miss” items are dry skin, Clarence Thomas, the sound of the vacuum cleaner, and panels on “Women in Film.” The other list, of the things she will miss, begins with “my kids” and “Nick” and ends this way: “Taking a bath. Coming over the bridge to Manhattan. Pie.”

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