Torea Frey

Editor, writer, photographer, observer on the street.

Wallflower at the Orgy, Nora Ephron

Ephron's collection of essays is a nice introduction to her writing; in the foreword, she explains the importance of critical distance:

[I]t took me a long time to become comfortable using the first-person singular pronoun in my work. In the articles in this book I used it gingerly ... The work I have done subsequently is considerably more personal and considerably more full of the first-person singular pronoun, but I still believe that the best approach to its use ought to be discomfort. Do you really need it? Does it add something special to the piece? Is what you think interesting enough to make the reader care? Are you saying something that no one has said? Above all, do you understand that you are not as important as what you're covering?