Fran Lebowitz in "Public Speaking" A Martin Scorsese Picture Now an HBO(r) 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 is the author of two books of essays, "Metropolitan Life" and "Social Studies," and a children's book, "Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas." She is currently at work on a novel entitled "Exterior Signs of Wealth," and "Progress," a book-length essay.
On METROPOLITAN LIFE "Hilarious...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." —The New York Times
"Her humor made me laugh aloud and call friends to read passages to them." —Newsweek
On SOCIAL STUDIES "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