Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media

By Nora Ephron

1,510 ratings - 3.56* vote

Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time.  This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, an Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media,

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Book details

Paperback, 448 pages
October 16th 2012 by Vintage

(first published 1978)

Original Title
Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble (An Omnibus)
ISBN
0345804740 (ISBN13: 9780345804747)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Kerri

I'm really confused by the reviews of this collection here on GoodReads; the idea that these essays are "dated" just because they were written in the 70s is a pretty ridiculous notion. Nora is writing about women's issues that are still completely relevant today from the objectification of women in media to the expectations of wives and mothers (and the expectation that women "need" to be wives and mothers at all... not to mention everything in the media section still being eerily easy to relate to (as a journalist myself) from revealing sources to the competition between journalists and the less than stellar state of newspaper offices etc. etc. As always, I love Nora's writing style and her witty takes on in-depth issues and lighthearted pieces alike... and I think that anyone who feels that these pieces are irrelevant today need to take a better look at the struggles women are still going through to reach equality in our society and the difficulties of being in the media.

Joe Meyers

Don't understand the negativity about this book elsewhere on Good Reads. Ephron writes about women and the media in the 1970s giving us a witty, contemporary take on everything from Watergate to the feuds between various feminist factions. It's first rate social history. Not the short, witty personal essays of her final years but great stuff nonetheless.

Carolyn F.

Audiobook I have read another reviewer mentioning they thought there would be more humor in this - there is humor but a lot of the essays/columns are political which isn't that funny. The essays/columns were a clear look at her side of some of the huge events during the 1970s which was interesting to me because I was ages 9-16, old enough to remember most of these events. The section that was most interesting was about the Women's Movement which I knew peripherally about but this got into the nitty gritty of it. I liked this audiobook but didn't love it. Scribble Scribble was especially hard to get through even with my slight interest in the events. Don't expect a lot of laughs - I think I smiled twice but I did do a lot of cringing and whispering "gross" during Crazy Salad. So be aware there are some graphic scenes mentioned there.

Crazy Salad I guess Nora Ephron had a column somewhere and these are some of her columns. What is fascinating to me is that although I was a child during the Women's Movement, I would wonder why other women would be so against it - like venomously against it. Why wouldn't a woman want to be paid the same as a man or be able to get credit alone, without a male signature? Nora was hugely involved in the movement and the stuff she talks about are shocking. But then she'll earnestly say something that is so naive and silly that it's like two different people are writing these columns and they are all within a couple of years.

I guess the Women's Movement had a branch that was into self-help especially concerning women's vaginal/pregnancy issues. They would literally get up on stage and take off their pants so people could walk by and see what the cervix looks like. Okay, weird but not awful. Then they talked about removing all the blood from the cervix during a period and how isn't it great that you can even perform an abortion on yourself as long as you aren't too far along. What the hell!?! I'm all for a woman's body is a woman's body to make her own decisions about but this is so irresponsible. They even did an abortion on a woman at another meeting while she was on stage. Later she had a terrible infection and had to go to the hospital. Doctors at the time were saying how this isn't good for women but of course they're men so whatever. Nora talks about how she is afraid to really say anything unfavorable because she doesn't want to rock the boat about women's rights. WTF! Now I understand why women were so anti-feminism back then. Some of them were nuts!

Then in another column Nora was talking about the porn Deep Throat and how everybody at that time were saying what a fantastic movie it was (which it isn't by the way). So Nora watched it, thought it was degrading. She then interviewed the female star. Nora Ephron was totally hung up on why Linda Lovelace shaved her pubic hair. She said she'd never heard of anyone doing that and Linda said well now you have. Nora thought that was just bizarre. This is the thing that will get you to say "How bizarre" not the women on stage?

Scribble, Scribble This is more political essays/columns. Interesting but unless you're my age or older or interested in political history you would probably find it boring. Lots and lots of columns about Nixon, which she almost portrays as a buffoon and his cabinet as opportunistic. I'm not a fan of Nixon but to belittle his power and expertise in wielding it is a little artless. While he's scrambling for purchase and after he left office it's easy to talk about him in that way but that doesn't give what he did while in office any particular influence which his time in office did have.

Also, I would hate to have been on her bad side because she eviscerates people in some of these columns. Some seem to deserve it although since these were written in the early and mid 1970s I'm not familiar with anyone but the big names as I was preteen and younger during this time. So, sometimes her stories are interesting and then other times I'm bored.

Kaethe Douglas

Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media (Vintage) - Nora Ephron  Having recently read Crazy Salad again, I didn't feel like I needed to give it another go. But I have never read Scribble Scribble. So, that was great.
Ephron started a s a journalist, and I think that training informs her essays. They are personal, they are reflective, but they are also about something real, not just aimless musing.
Quality writing, often amusing, and still vital and fresh.
Library copy
 
(edited for afterthought) In case you're wondering, apparently none of the material from Scribble Scribble made it into The Most of Nora Ephron, although some from Crazy Salad did. Just to clear things up for anyone else who might be considering a massive Ephron read.

Louise

This collection of short pieces is my first foray into Ephron's writing. While I found most of the pieces entertaining, Crazy Salad does suffer from being dated. A lot of the politicians and journalists mentioned were before my time. I got bored enough of names with no faces that I mostly skimmed the Scribble Scribble section.

Ivonne Rovira

This book, needless to say, is composed of two collections of articles penned by the late, great Nora Ephron. The pieces from the books Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media were originally published in magazines, mostly in Esquire and in the 1970s, and are gathered in this omnibus for their third outing.

The pieces in Scribble Scribble seem to have weathered better than those in Crazy Salad. I'm tempted to believe that that's because I was a journalist and have an insider's love of journo shoptalk. I read Scribble Scribble in the 1980s and loved it then. However, I'm also a feminist, and that didn't help me to like the Crazy Salad pieces. Four Crazy Salad pieces have stood the test of time (i.e., "The Littlest Nixon," "Crazy Ladies: II," "Rose Mary Woods -- The Lady or the Tiger?" and "Miami"). A few pieces provide an eye opener as to how pervasive and destructive sexism, particularly "Bernice Gera, First Lady Umpire" and "The Pig." But nearly all of the pieces are quite dated and too many simply are unreadable (e.g., "The Hurled Ashtray," "On Consciousness Raising"). "Bake Off" simply comes off as snobbery.

Let's just declare the omnibus to be two books: two stars for Crazy Salad; four for Scribble Scribble, making an average of three stars for the lot. Readers would be best served by skipping the Crazy Salad and devouring the main course of Scribble Scribble.

Christine

Well, I got through Crazy Salad, but not Scribble, scribble. Crazy Salad had many articles on the first wave women's movement, how those women got along, changing roles for women, etc. Those essays and Ephron's comments on her own experience of her gender, I think, make interesting reading regardless of the passage of time. As most of the essays were timely, it depends on what you are interested in reading--her writing ranges from her beginnings to the NY Post, to Watergate, to the Miami Social Register. So, both light, and political. There's also an article on a miniseries? entitled An American Family, which sounds like it could have been the first reality TV show.

So, I ran out of steam halfway through the second book, scribble, scribble. Looking at the titles of the remaining chapters, I new i would not be familiar with what she wanted to discuss, and as it wasn't more personal anecdotes or feminism, I decided to pass on it. Still, what I read was flawlessly written, with an engaging voice. I would definitely recommend Crazy Salad, especially to someone who wants to see a more personal portrait of first wave feminism. I read this as an ebook on kindle from my public library.

Lola

I love Nora Ephron's writing. She is witty, perceptive, and skilled in her craft. I enjoyed the first half of the collection--Crazy Salad--more than the second--Scribble Scribble. I couldn't put the book down at first when reading about events that shaped our world in the 70's regarding women, politics, and politicians' personal and professional lives. I found that the second half of the book dragged a little, and I had to muscle my way through several of the essays not because they weren't concise and sharp, but because the subject-matter was somewhat dry.

Bottom line: An excellent read for any Nora Ephron fan. If you don't like the topic of one essay, do skip on to the next one. There are many gems in this collection. Four stars.

Moira Russell

I got this because it apparently reprints part of Scribble Scribble (this book itself seems to be the electronic edition of Crazy Salad Plus Nine, eight pieces from the earlier book plus an uncollected essay), which is really hard to find, but is often praised as Ephron's most hard-hitting nonfiction collection -- probably not a coincidence.


ETA No, apparently this e-book reprints all of both Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble. Good for Vintage.

Ana

These articles are still relevant.

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