In my ongoing quest for research material to support my novel project, I happened upon the first of Fran Lebowitz’s two slim volumes of essay, Metropolitan Life. (It might even be a first edition – it’s hard cover, with a yellow and orange dust jacket, originally priced at $8.50.)

Coincidentally, I had coffee today with a guy from Charleston and the conversation turned to Andy Warhol and he brought up Fran Lebowitz. He’d seen the Scorsese documentary Public Speaking, which I no doubt would have seen by now if we hadn’t canceled our HBO subscription (years ago…possibly dating to our simultaneous return to school…).

So now I’m finding all kinds of great recent interviews and coverage that I somehow missed, apparently because I was out of the HBO loop. And I’ve got something on my to-be-watched list.

Here’s my favorite epigram so far: “Always a godmother, never a god.”


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