This would have been the first in a series of ten profiles, but life had other plans. Enjoy this first and last installment anyway, and thanks for reading with us.
You get emails like this (links mine):
Hi there,My boyfriend works at [redacted] and he just told me they are hiring a [redacted]. I bet you would be good at this!
The late ED KOCH, former mayor of New York, on why he bought a burial plot at Manhattan’s Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights — the only cemetery on the island still accepting burials — five years before he died
Susan Sontag, who would’ve celebrated her 80th birthday today, on love.
The old Newsweek building at 444 Madison Avenue, back when Newsweek was on top of the world (journalistically, at least). And then the unfortunate #hashtag slapped on the cover.
I have no doubt that few readers will stick around for the “new chapter,” as Tina calls it (let’s be honest). But this ode to the magazine that was is worth reading, if sad.
Iconic Newsweek covers from the 60s and 70s. RIP.
So many years of so many bad decisions. We always said the Newsweek Tumblr would outlast the print edition. #RIP
“I think marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years you don’t need a husband. You do need a man of course, and they are often cheaper emotionally and a lot more fun by the dozen.”
RIP Helen Gurley Brown, founder of COSMO
Would spaceflight affect her reproductive organs? Would she wear a bra or makeup in space? Did she cry on the job? How would she deal with menstruation?
—Reporters to astronaut Sally Ride, in 1983, before her first shuttle flight.
Some Things About Women. #noraephron #girlcrushofallgirlcrushes #RIP (Taken with Instagram at my bed)
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)
The always brilliant and wry Nora Ephron, in a 1996 Wellesley Commencement Speech, which is worth reading in its entirety.
I mean… There are no words. Thank you, Kyla. The only way this could be better would be if it were 2Pac’s hologram in a real bathtub. #2pac #bubblebath #thispostcardjustarrivedinmymailbox (Taken with Instagram at Alphabet City)
Renowned children’s book author MAURICE SENDAK, telling us how he really feels, on The Colbert Report. (via inothernews)
The beloved children’s book author, of Where the Wild Things Are, has passed away at the age of 83.