When Harry Met Sally

Nora Ephron died yesterday, leaving a legacy of honest and hilarious works.

What I’m saying is – and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form – is that men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.

— Harry Burns (Billy Crystal)

A modern gentleman agrees with the sentiment.

In his experience, a long-lasting friendship between a man and a woman is doomed from the start because it’s based on dishonesty or ignorance. Either the man or the woman — and it’s sometimes mutual — is attracted to the other but fears or even experiences rejection and settles for a safer route, endeavoring to maintain a non-sexual relationship with a person with whom they enjoy spending time.

But this is not a route at all, it’s a fork. While it may be a perfectly lovely fork, featuring lush trees and an antique road sign, that never wants for company as others pass through, it’s a fork.

Or, in memory of Nora Ephron, it’s being stuck in the second act of “When Harry Met Sally,” and it’s ultimately best for the personal growth of everyone to make a choice and move along.

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