The Fran Lebowitz Reader

The Fran Lebowitz Reader

Book - 1994
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679761808
Characteristics: 333 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lebowitz, Fran Social studies
Alternative Title: Metropolitan life
Social studies


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Dec 30, 2012


ltggoddess Nov 27, 2012

Ironically, the Martin Scorsese documentary "Public Speaking" is more insightful and interesting than this book. When speaking, Lebowitz uses her wit to take on topics with some depth. Her writing, however, seems to focus on trivialities. [The library has "Public Speaking" available on DVD ]

Also worth listening to is her interview with Jian Gomeshi on CBC. Interview date: Nov. 1, 2012 (


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