“Success didn’t spoil me. I’ve always been insufferable.”
From a cab-driving societal malcontent whose series of odd jobs in New York City led her to become a columnist for Andy Warhol’s Interview, you would expect nothing less than this self-aware statement from Fran Lebowitz.
Author and cultural satirist Fran Lebowitz is bringing her opinions, Dorothy Parker-like commentary, and strong views of contemporary life to the Long Center stage March 8th—men’s tailored suit jacket and wing-tip cowboy boots in tow.
“Talking. . .sitting in bars smoking cigarettes. That’s the history of art.”
As the subject of Public Speaking, an HBO documentary directed by Martin Scorsese (a great blend of personalities, no?), Fran Lebowitz is unapologetic in her forthright statements and equally forceful writing. Her first two classic books of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, have been collected in the Fran Lebowitz Reader. She is also the author of the children’s book Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas. She recently broke a ten-year writer’s block and is back at work on her novel, Exterior Signs of Wealth.
Fran Lebowitz is one of the foremost advocates of the Extreme Statement. Offering insights on the timeliest of today’s topics including gender, race, gay rights, and the media, plus her own pet peeves—celebrity culture, tourists and strollers to name a few—this witty chronicler has a lot to say, whether or not you want to hear it.
“Humility is no substitute for a good personality.”
She defies definition. Lebowitz has a distinct style, right down to her tortoiseshell glasses that she tells complimentary millennials are as “vintage” as she is. But even The New York Times must describe her as a combination of knowable things—
“. . .an 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.”
And that is Fran Lebowitz in a large nutshell. Or is it?
Titan of the social and literary world, Fran Lebowitz is in town and on point March 8th. Join the conversation, and be sure to save a seat for your opinions, too.