Fran Lebowitz doesn’t suffer fools, banalities or bad furniture.
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…
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Rosie Waterland
For the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling, we invited our speakers to probe a blazing, hot topic: the power of the written word and the loaded tenets of speech.
When do words inspire and when do they incite? When is speech free, and when is it hateful? Fighting words, funny words, insulting words and incendiary words – for…
Her essays and poems were already earning accolades from Rookie readers, but writer Jenny Zhang thought she was being catfished when Lena Dunham tweeted to say she loved her work. She wasn’t.
Dunham – the real Dunham – wanted Zhang to write the first book published by her new Random House imprint. The result, 2017’s Sour Heart, is a…
This Alien Nation
In an increasingly connected world where the question of immigration is often an anxious or heated one, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, funny and weird. But it also makes for some great stories.
Each month at Joe's Pub in New York, This Alien Nation stages a celebration of immigration – inviting a handful of interesting, talented writers and performers to…
Robert Webb: How Not to Be a Boy
In Australia, Robert Webb is probably best known as the iconic petulant manchild Jeremy in Peep Show, the award-winning sitcom in which he co-stars with longtime Mitchell & Webb collaborator David Mitchell. But in the background (okay, maybe a little in the foreground) of his long and successful career in comedy, TV, theatre and radio, Webb has been grappling…
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