What follows is one lady’s opinion about what Nora Ephron meant to ladies. For more from my two friends and former colleagues on this topic, check out The Daily Beast. For a trio of exquisite essays on Nora’s love of food, her sense of adventure, and her essential New York-iness, drop everything and go read V.F.’s David Kamp, Todd S. Purdum, and Jim Wolcott.
In 1962, after graduating from Wellesley, Nora Ephron got a job at Newsweek. It is a famous tale at that magazine that Nora had begun her career as a “mail girl” and “clipper,” the duties of which were to carve out relevant news clippings for the editors with a razor blade, under the ink-thwarting protection of some kind of fatigues-like smock. (You can see why a Seven Sisters education was required.) She was never promoted past the position of researcher, despite showing fierce reportorial talent—in The Good Girls Revolt, a wonderful forthcoming book from Lynn Povich about the women of Newsweek, Lynn describes how Nora once came back with a reported file on McGeorge Bundy that was passed around among the magazine’s senior editors “like samizdat, it was so brilliant.” Meanwhile, of the be-smocked clipping, Lynn quotes Nora that “[b]eing a clipper was a horrible job—and to make matters worse, I was good at it.”
Fortunately, for those of us who cherish the work Nora went on to do, Newsweek was not impressed by her razor wit or razor wielding.
Nora Ephron’s first job in New York was as a Newsweek “mail girl” in 1962. In her interview, she was asked why she wanted the position.
— “I want to be a writer,” she told the woman.
— “Women don’t write at Newsweek,” she was told.
“That was what it meant to be a girl then,” Ephron later told me.
(Photo via the NYT)
After consulting with our brilliant books editor, we selected 5 titles from our “Best Summer Reads of 2012” list. Now it’s up to YOU to pick which of the 5 we read first. We’ll announce your pick later this week, and let’s plan to start reading next week (July 2nd)!
It’s happening! Get up in our book club, tumblr! You’ve got a few days to vote and tell us which book we’re reading for July. AND! Make sure to follow the NWK Book Club tumblr for updates, discussion points, questions, #readingfaces, etc.
YES! Paging Rachel F.
PICTURE DEPT is a new venue for photography presented by the award-winning Newsweek & The Daily Beast photo teams. As photo sharing has exploded online with services like Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and others, there has never been more content available for viewing. But as more great, new photography venues are created, it is increasingly hard to keep up with the seemingly endless stream—and to find the very best of what’s out there. PICTURE DEPT is designed to both filter and condense this information into a single resource. The site includes curated photo features and recommendations of the best of what is happening in photography—not just from Newsweek & The Daily Beast but also from Tumblr, around the Web, and the world beyond the computer screen.
About the name:
When we decided to create a photo Tumblr, we turned to the amazing Newsweek archives for inspiration, and there we discovered a battered metal box that contained hundreds of faded yellow 4 x 6 note cards. On each card was the date of an issue of the magazine and the complete listing of its photo spreads. And they were all titled “PICTURE DEPT”, the original moniker of the photo department. The cards ranged in date from the 1930’s - 1970’s and reminded us of the amazing legacy of the magazine. So we decided to resurrect Picture Dept for the 21st century.
Awesome. This is going to be great, in the spirit of the Lively Morgue, but with even more community engagement. Congrats guys!
Exclusive photo of Dr. Claw meeting with Tumblr’s David Karp.
(Andrew Hetherington for Newsweek)
I think the first thing I said at my first Tumblr job interview was “Can I sit in the supervillain chair??”
The first sentence of this book (out from Public Affairs Press in September):
“Jessica Bennett grew up in the era of Girl Power.”
(Taken with instagram)
On this Administrative Professionals’ Day, a photo of our author Lynn Povich—who became the first woman senior editor at Newsweek—back when she was a researcher in the Paris office. Lynn’s book, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace, comes out in September.
And we are the NEWSWEEK women who, 40 years after that lawsuit, wrote about what had — and hadn’t — changed for women at NEWSWEEK. Can’t wait to see the full book.
Ashley Judd has had enough of what she calls a “pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic conversation about femininity in our culture, and she’s inviting women—and men—to speak up about their own experiences. “I want people to share their puffy-face moment,” Judd said on NBC’s Nightly News. “I think what happened to me is very common. It might look a little different than other people’s lives because they might not be public figures, but we all go through it.”
So let’s hear it! Tell us your puffy-face moment—those times you were bullied or judged for your looks, and what you did about it—by writing about it on your tumblr! Be sure to use PUFFYFACEMOMENT as a tag so we’ll see it! We’ll be publishing a bunch of them on The Daily Beast, and reblogging our favorites right here on nwktumblr.
In case you missed it and have no idea what we’re talking about, see this post for some background.
This is awesome. Do it, Tumblr!
“What Role for the Educated Woman?” “Midi v. Mini” and other so-ridiculous-they’re-amazing vintage Newsweek covers. See the full gallery: The Language of Liberation.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY… CELEBRATING LADIES ON NEWSWEEK COVERS
Q: Why do you like to wear a bikini?
A: Husbands are scarce. You know of a better way for me to beat the competition?
Newsweek July 22, 1963
Did this appear in the issue featuring the great debate over Mini v. Midi-skirts?
Newsweek October 3, 1966
Zap! Impress your friends by quoting Newsweek.
The world’s most quoted Newsweekly?!
Half an hour after smoking a reefer, the subject become jovial, carefree, and capable of raw feats of strength …
— Newsweek, August 1937
Read the full piece.
We feel so… strong.