Nora Ephron: “I Hate My Purse”

Nora Ephron's bestselling books and screenplays include "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "Julie & Julia."

By Nora Ephron excerpted from The Most of Nora Ephron
Also in Reader's Digest Magazine December 2013

I came back to New York and bought myself a purse. Well, it’s not a purse exactly; it’s a bag. It’s definitely the best bag I have ever owned. On it is the image of a New York City MetroCard—it’s yellow (taxicab yellow, to be exact) and blue—so it matches nothing at all and therefore, on a deep level, matches everything. It’s made of plastic and is therefore completely waterproof. It’s equally unattractive in all seasons. It cost next to nothing ($26), and I will never have to replace it, because it seems to be completely indestructible. What’s more, never having been in style, it can never go out of style.

It doesn’t work for everything, I admit; on rare occasions, I’m forced to use a purse, one that I hate. But mostly I go everywhere with my MetroCard bag. And wherever I go, people say to me, I love that bag. Where did you get that bag? And I tell them I bought it at the Transit Museum in Grand Central Terminal and that all proceeds from it go toward making the New York City subway system even better than it is already. For all I know, they’ve all gone off and bought one. Or else they haven’t. It doesn’t matter. I’m very happy.

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