The Nora Ephron Experiment

A post on The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is in the offing. In the meantime, consider the Nora Ephron Experiment. Imagine you’re a journalist writing for a high school paper. Here are facts:

(1) Ken Peters, principal of Beverly Hills High School, announced that the high school faculty will travel to Sacramento next Thursday for a colloquium in new teaching methods.

(2) Among the speakers will be anthropologist Margaret Mead, college president Dr. Robert Smith, and California governor Pat Brown.

According to legend, there is ONE creatively correct lead. Stop. Think.

Big reveal: There Will Be No School on Thursday

A nice reminder that facts don’t fess up their points of view without effort.

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References: Made to Stick

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3 Responses to The Nora Ephron Experiment

  1. Kat says:

    Uh…a day off from school? I give up.

    There is a new collection of Nora Ephron’s essays, The Most of Nora Ephron.

    I know just how she feels about her neck.

  2. Hello! Ephron tells a story about a journalism teacher who gave his students a number of facts — i.e., the ones I recount in the post — then asked his students to generate a lead for the story. Every single student buried the lead, which for a high school readership really ought to be, There Will Be No School on Thursday. Hope you’re well. I’m busy beyond busy and unable to read carefully, reflect and hazard a few lame thoughts. Part of that equation is OK. Cheers, K

  3. Kat says:

    Well, we miss your blog so you’d better be back soon! I love Nora Ephron.

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