Iconoclastic humorist Fran Lebowitz used to be known as a writer. Back in the late 1970s and '80s, she released two popular collections of essays featuring her cutting observations and opinions about life. But that part of her career was cut short by a decades-long case of writer's block — now she's known for talking. The Netflix series Pretend It's a City features Lebowitz in conversation with Martin Scorsese — who directed both the new series and the 2010 HBO documentary about Lebowitz, Public Speaking.
Writer/Humorist Fran Lebowitz. A Washington Post critic once called her "The Funniest woman in America." In 1978, she wrote the critically acclaimed book "Metropolitan Life." She followed that with Social Studies, in 1981. Her essays are also collected in The Fran Lebowitz reader. She will talk about her work, writing, and her famous writers bloc. (REBROADCAST FROM 1/3/95)