3 questions for...Nora Ephron

Aging author

Photo: Elena Seibert

  1. Your new book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, deals with aging. Why tackle that?

    Almost nothing I’ve read about getting older bears the remotest resemblance to what it’s actually like. Nobody wants to talk about the subject—everybody my age is kind of hoping that nobody really knows how old we are. We’re all trying so hard to stay in the job market and fool people into thinking that we know how to work an iPod. Which is not to say that I’ve told the whole truth, by the way. But I have told some of it, I hope.
  2. So there’s nothing good about growing old?

    I’m not saying there’s nothing. I mean, there are a few good things about it. And I hope to think of them by the time my book tour begins.
  3. You write a lot about cooking. What’s for dinner tonight?

    We’re going out. I’ve already had a catastrophe in the kitchen today: There’s a recipe for baked ricotta that’s so delicious that I’ve been trying to do variations on it. So this morning I decided that I would make it for breakfast instead of dinner and that I would make it sweet instead of savory and that I would put fruit in it instead of peppers. And that I would put butter in it instead of olive oil. And it was one of the worst things I’ve ever made!—Kate Lowenstein

I Feel Bad About My Neck (Knopf, $19.95) is out now.