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...
  • ''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.
  • ''The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1950), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 1 (1978).
  • ''Radio news is bearable. This is due to the fact that while the news is being broadcast the disc jockey is not allowed to talk.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "No News Is Bearable," Metropolitan Life (1978).
  • ''Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching.''
    Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "Parental Guidance," Social Studies (1981).
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