Fran Lebowitz


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Frances Ann "Fran" Lebowitz (born October 27, 1950) is an American author. Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York sensibilities. Some reviewers have called her a modern-day Dorothy Parker.

Lebowitz was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey, in an "observant" Jewish family.

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  • ''One [New York] eatery is a remodeled diner that looks like what Busby Berkeley would have done if only he hadn't had the money.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 2 (1978). Berkeley (1895-1976) produced elaborate, greatly overdecorated musical n...
  • ...I believed passionately that Communists were a race of horned men who divided their time equally between the burning of Nancy Drew books and the devising of a plan of nuclear attack that would land...
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 1 (1978). On growing up in the 1950s during the Cold War.
  • Citizen's Band radio renders one accessible to a wide variety of people from all walks of life. It should not be forgotten that all walks of life include conceptual artists, dry cleaners, and living p...
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 4 (1978).
  • To the average (and you will look long and hard before finding anyone so aptly described) CB aficionado his radio is his hobby. A hobby is, of course, an abomination, as are all consuming interests an...
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 4 (1978). On Citizen's Band radio.
  • ''Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good reason not to play football.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 4 (1978). In a critical discussion of "women's" magazines.
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