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The Fran Lebowitz Reader de Fran Lebowitz
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The Fran Lebowitz Reader (edició 1994)

de Fran Lebowitz (Autor)

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Fran Lebowitz in Public Speaking A Martin Scorsese Picture Now an HBO® Documentary Film The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life--its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.… (més)
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Títol:The Fran Lebowitz Reader
Autors:Fran Lebowitz (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (1994), Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed, 333 pages
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The Fran Lebowitz Reader (Metropolitan Life/Social Studies) de Fran Lebowitz

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This book combines Fran Lebowitz's earlier books: Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. It is a humorous and sardonic look at life. The books are a series of short essays or notes on observation. Some made me laugh and some were just ho-hum.
I think I prefer listening to Fran Lebowitz talk and give her observations, rather than reading them. I just enjoy her voice and her wit, and it comes across better, to me, in her speech. ( )
  rmarcin | May 16, 2022 |
She's much funnier in person, but there are some good laughs and sage social observations in here. ( )
  dele2451 | Mar 23, 2022 |
Only about halfway through and already I feel like this will be a DNF for me, or at least something I won't view too favorably in hindsight. This was sold to me as an essay collection, but these pieces seem much more like extended jokes than essays. And, of course, as everyone else has noted, the collection feels aggressively dated. Part of why I say "extended jokes" is because many of them rely on some sort of cultural set-up that someone, in the time, would likely have absorbed automatically just by living in New York, but that has been completely lost to history. Unfortunately, there is never enough context provided to remedy this defect, nor is the prose itself engaging or witty enough to regularly stand on its own.

The long and the short is that unless you are from Ms. Lebowitz's era, or have extensive knowledge of the cultural mores of the era, I'd not recommend this particular reader. ( )
  AuroraCH | Jul 26, 2021 |
Es una provocadora nata, capaz de bajarles los humos a la mayoría de sus conciudadanos y de reírse de cualquier situación: la búsqueda de apartamento, las facturas de teléfono impagadas, un viaje, las firmas de libros, el dormir (o no dormir) a horas indecentes, las ansias de triunfar, tomar unas copas con celebridades, los buenos restaurantes o la (adulta) educación de los hijos. Por si todavía no lo han adivinado, hablamos de Fran Lebowitz. Hablamos de Nueva York. Célebre al hilo de la serie Pretend It’s a City, de Martin Scorsese, Fran Lebowitz ha sido una gran desconocida que, por fin, y con toda justicia, ha obtenido el éxito que merecía. Su prosa, ahora reunida, es un compendio del humor más refrescante y mordaz que se haya leído en décadas.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Jun 9, 2021 |
I love Fran Lebowitz but this audiobook tended to drag in parts because her monotone, which is great in short spurts, aggravated me. That doesn't mean it wasn't funny in many parts because it was. I especially loved her diet tips (in a word, smoke a lot) and dealing with realtors as you try to get an apartment in NY. At any rate, these essays are from the 90s and the funniest thing I've heard her say was quite recently when she said, "You don't know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump." Truer words were never spoken. ( )
  brenzi | May 13, 2021 |
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Fran Lebowitz in Public Speaking A Martin Scorsese Picture Now an HBO® Documentary Film The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life--its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

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