‘Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’
Hannah, NY – Feb 2012
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”
Colette, Paris 1951
I think you often have that sense when you write – that if you can spot something in yourself and set it down on paper, you’re free of it. And you’re not, of course; you’ve just managed to set it down on paper, that’s all.
Nora Ephron, NY 1983
“Look at the bottle you took the powder from. It’s poison! I tell you, it’s poison! I know you feel bad…and…Don’t hurt my sore ear again.”
George Bailey, Bedford Falls 1919
From It’s A Wonderful Life
(the exact moment I start crying, every time, about 12 minutes in)
Vera said ” Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?”
So I told her why:
“Because if I tell the story, I control the version.
Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me.
Because if I tell the story, it doesn’t hurt so much.
Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it.”
Nora Ephron, New York City 1983