February 25, 2004

Imaginary Friends
Nora Ephron

Liars and Bitches -- The best line in the whole play comes from Gore Vidal, commenting on Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett: "Did anyone ever see them together?" Clearly, it takes one bitch to really know another and all writers are liars. These two fundamental truths are not scandalous and should never have been litigated. Too bad Helllman and Mary McCarthy couldn't recognize the petty silliness of their feud, especially considering they both had better things to do with their time and talent than cat-fight in a court of law. Still, I love oversized literary personalities as much as the next guy and Ephron competently skewers two icons she clearly loves.


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