Fran Lebowitz doesn’t suffer fools, banalities or bad furniture. But on Friday 2 March, the legendary humourist and cultural critic will suffer us for an evening of invigorating – and likely acerbic – conversation.
For decades, the iconic New Yorker has turned her caustic pen (she doesn’t do smartphones or computers) to the subject of America’s cultural, social and political landscape. Through her columns, books and public-speaking appearances, Lebowitz has scrutinised such phenomena as smoking (hugely in favour), men’s shorts (resolutely opposed) and presidential buffoonery (‘Ronald Reagan was the template for stupid presidents’).
Her work has appeared in Interview, Mademoiselle and Vanity Fair as well as in several acclaimed books of essays. She’s held a host of surprising odd jobs – including driving a taxi and appearing on Law & Order – and today is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
At the Athenaeum Theatre, Lebowitz will appear briefly in conversation before presiding over a 60-minute audience Q&A. Brace yourself for an evening of culture, and conversation, bristling bon-mot and deadpan delivery.
This event has been made possible by the generous support of Margaret Jackson, Peter Jopling AM QC and Sam Mandeng, Naomi Milgrom AO and Carol Schwartz AM and Alan Schwartz AM.
Readings will be our bookseller at this event.
Arriving in New York over 50 years ago, Fran Lebowitz made her name as a columnist on Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, before publishing two bestselling volumes of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, which are collected in The Fran Lebowitz Reader.
She is one of America's most insightful social commentators, a sought-after public speaker, style icon, wit and flaneur. Fran Lebowitz has collaborated with Martin Scorsese on two documentaries: the film Public Speaking in 2010, and the limited series, Pretend It's a City in 2021.
Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.