The Fran Lebowitz Reader (Paperback)

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I want to be Fran Lebowitz. I want to live in New York, wake up at two in the afternoon, smoke a pack of cigarettes before breakfast, walk to the tavern on the corner for lunch, have dinner with a writer friend I know I'm better than, and then prove it to my typewriter until four in the morning. Okay, so maybe I don't want to be Fran Lebowitz. But I do want to be her friend (the one she feels she's better than). But since our friendship won't happen until I get to New York, I'll gladly settle for reading her. Fran Lebowitz is the quintessential New York writer: witty, snarky, and definitely not afraid of her own opinions. She most likely had a blast being the subject of Martin Scorsese's HBO documentary Public Speaking, where we get to know a truly entertaining mind, always funny and capable of being shatteringly profound every now and then. Though not lacking in coldness and cynicism, the writing of Fran Lebowitz contains just the right amount that I find myself agreeing with it all. -- Geo Ong

— From June 2011


Fran Lebowitz in
Public Speaking
A Martin Scorsese Picture
Now an HBO® Documentary Film

The Fran Lebowitz Reader
brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life—its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

About the Author

Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

Praise For…

" unlikely and perhaps alarming combination of Mary Hartman and Mary McCarthy.... To a dose of Huck Finn add some Lenny Bruce, Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cabdriver, an assortment of puns, minced jargon, and top it off with smarty pants." —The New York Times

"Her humor made me laugh aloud and call friends to read passages to them." —Newsweek

"Right on the mark.... Among the things she hates this time...baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan." —Newsweek

"Unique.... Lebowitz offers vocational guides for aspiring heiresses, popes, empresses; manuals for landlords; guidance to the rich who wish to meet the poor." —Vogue
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679761808
ISBN-10: 0679761802
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 8th, 1994
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Vintage