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In the vein of Lebowitz''s acclaimed Netflix limited series, Pretend It''s a CityThe Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together two of the famed author''s bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies.

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, Fran Lebowitz is always wickedly entertaining.

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They say that age brings wisdom--or resignedness, at least--but every time you see Fran Leibowitz, she''s just as hangdog as ever. Hey, Fran, how about writing a few more humor columns? That''ll cheer you up! Or maybe not, but until she writes more columns, we''ll have to make do with The Fran Leibowitz Reader. This paperback collects her two bestsellers of the 1970s into one volume, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. Back then, her books defined knowing, urban cool. Guess what? They still do. If you were a mite too young to appreciate Leibowitz''s take on that libertine decade the first time around ("Notes on Trick," anyone?), now is an excellent time to make her acquaintance. The pieces still hold up as good writing and deliver plenty of sharp laughs. Would that we had her jaundiced take on the ''90s, which could use some Leibowitz-style deflating. Come back, Fran! Come back!

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“A great read.” –Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Tonight Show

On METROPOLITAN LIFE

"Hilarious...an unlikely and perhaps alarming combination of Mary Hartman and Mary McCarthy.... To a dose of Huck Finn add some Lenny Bruce, Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cabdriver, an assortment of puns, minced jargon, and top it off with smarty pants." — The New York Times

"Her humor made me laugh aloud and call friends to read passages to them." — Newsweek

On SOCIAL STUDIES
"Right on the mark.... Among the things she hates this time...baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan." — Newsweek

"Unique.... Lebowitz offers vocational guides for aspiring heiresses, popes, empresses; manuals for landlords; guidance to the rich who wish to meet the poor." — Vogue

About the Author

Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

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1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
was funnier when it was written than it is decades later.
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2018
I read this book years ago, when I was a teenager. At the time, I thought it was quite funny, so I decided to repurchase it. Part of the book''s charm to me at that time was that she was iconoclastic. I appreciated her tearing things down that other people value and she was... See more
I read this book years ago, when I was a teenager. At the time, I thought it was quite funny, so I decided to repurchase it. Part of the book''s charm to me at that time was that she was iconoclastic. I appreciated her tearing things down that other people value and she was doing it in a funny way. She reminded me of Garfield the cat....consistently negative, witty, sarcastic, and willing to indulge her appetites. And, living in Manhattan, chain smoking, drinking, and writing sounded very glamorous.

Her lifestyle doesn''t sound glamorous to me now, just unpleasant. And, tearing things down without building anything else up isn''t really interesting. Times have changed, too. When I first read it, I had very little exposure to homosexual adults, and it was cool and risky to even talk about them. Now, I look at those sections and they seem somewhat hackneyed and a reflection of an unfortunate period in history. Her comments about gender fell similarly flat to me. And, jokes aren''t funny if you have to google the punchline....I didn''t know many of the cultural references.
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The City Dweller
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Brilliant New York Humor...Can Hear the Accent...Feh Morristown.
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
Fran Lebowitz is a gem. Truly. Her wit is cutting and brilliant and her observations are spot on. She is N.Y. through and through and this read is more than a distinct pleasure, it is a respite from the treif being written by folks who never should have. Vent on Ms.... See more
Fran Lebowitz is a gem. Truly. Her wit is cutting and brilliant and her observations are spot on. She is N.Y. through and through and this read is more than a distinct pleasure, it is a respite from the treif being written by folks who never should have. Vent on Ms. Lebowitz... you are a tsunami we’ve been waiting for.
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Mark Dempsey
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Mildy amusing, but too cute
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
Her "Pretend it''s a city" series on Netflix was the impetus for ordering this book. After reading a few of the brief chapters, however, I can declare her writing is not nearly as pithy. She''s cute. Like Garrison Keillor--another almost unreadable guy who comes across far... See more
Her "Pretend it''s a city" series on Netflix was the impetus for ordering this book. After reading a few of the brief chapters, however, I can declare her writing is not nearly as pithy. She''s cute. Like Garrison Keillor--another almost unreadable guy who comes across far better in radio.

Anyway, I haven''t read the whole book, but what I''ve seen so far is not encouraging. Fran needs a talk show.

Another thing the book tells me: "Pretend it''s a City" is a tribute to Martin Scorcese''s artistry as much as it is to Ms. Lebowitz''
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Melina
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Classic
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2020
Please end the blockade already!!! I just found you. I would love to read more. Great sense of humor. Classic.
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One Of My All-Time Favorites
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2014
One could write a long, thoughtful review about this book, but that would require an expenditure of energy that Lebowitz would frown upon. Not that Fran Lebowitz is against using energy, she''s just selective about where and when she uses her energy. Generally speaking Fran... See more
One could write a long, thoughtful review about this book, but that would require an expenditure of energy that Lebowitz would frown upon. Not that Fran Lebowitz is against using energy, she''s just selective about where and when she uses her energy. Generally speaking Fran Lebowitz uses her energy to take a nap, to smoke, to enjoy cocktails, and, now and then, to write. Also, she uses a great deal of energy thinking about how much better the world would be if The General Public would "collectively fall off a cliff."

I''ll admit that many of these essays are dated -- Lebowitz hasn''t published much in the past decade or so. As a result, some of the references and jokes feel a little old to modern ears. However, as someone who lived through the 1970s and 80s, these essays conjure up a sense of nostalgia that someone in their 20s or 30s might not feel. That isn''t to say if you''re in your 20s or 30s you shouldn''t read this book: you should. Especially if you want to write. As entertainment, Lebowitz''s essays are a delight. Yet, they are also so well written that any aspiring writer of essays (or "creative non-fiction") would do well to read and study these gems. Lebowitz doesn''t spend a great deal of time with fancy words, and long, flowing sentences -- she wastes no words.

I would add that if you are not curmudgeonly, or are unaware of what curmudgeonly means, this book might not appeal to you. However, if you are the kind of person who dislikes most things -- especially other people -- then this book is definitely for you.
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Raenell
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Funny on TV but not a funny book.
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
Saw her on a talk show and loved her but the book was not very good. I couldn''t make it past page 66. Perhaps it gets better starting on page 67 but I will never know.
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friendoflizd
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Still hilarious!
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2016
Despite some dated references (answering services, address books, the rampant proliferation of conceptual art as a harbinger of the apocalypse), the short humor pieces collected in the two books that make up this volume - Metropolitan Life and Social Studies - are still... See more
Despite some dated references (answering services, address books, the rampant proliferation of conceptual art as a harbinger of the apocalypse), the short humor pieces collected in the two books that make up this volume - Metropolitan Life and Social Studies - are still among the funniest ever written. Lebowitz is, to borrow a phrase from one of the essays, "a superior prose stylist." I read the books over and over when they were first published (1978 and 1981) and spent hour after hour giggling, chortling, and helplessly laughing out loud. They still crack me up. Even though you don''t realize it, if you''ve never read these pieces, your life is small, cramped, and meaningless. Do yourself a favor and buy this book, even if you have to ask your mother (or your favorite gay uncle) to explain who Halston was.
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GranTenore
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Beyond Fabulous
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2021
I have always loved Fran and have followed her appearances from coast to coast. She is probably one of the most intelligent, witty, irreverent people in the universe. This book most definitely does not disappoint. There are many new observations, and while reading it on... See more
I have always loved Fran and have followed her appearances from coast to coast. She is probably one of the most intelligent, witty, irreverent people in the universe. This book most definitely does not disappoint. There are many new observations, and while reading it on the bus here in San Francisco, I was laughing so hard that most people thought I was totally insane.
I highly recommend this: you will cherish it forever!!!!
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Elizabeth
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Great essays from a great New Yorker
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2021
So witty
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Giulio G.
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Libro stampato da Amazon
Reviewed in Italy on May 18, 2021
Il contenuto è stupendo, ma non sono convinto dell’edizione, che è stata stampata da Amazon a Torino (?). Per 13 euro, mi sarei aspettato una copia originale della Vintage, anche perché la foto di copertina è sfocata. Qualità complessiva del libro, abbastanza bassa.
Il contenuto è stupendo, ma non sono convinto dell’edizione, che è stata stampata da Amazon a Torino (?). Per 13 euro, mi sarei aspettato una copia originale della Vintage, anche perché la foto di copertina è sfocata. Qualità complessiva del libro, abbastanza bassa.
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Antonio Fanelli
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fantastica!
Reviewed in Italy on July 16, 2021
Amo questa donna. L''ho conosciuta nella miniserie di Scorsese. I testi risalgono a qualche decennio fa, ma ancora adesso fanno ridere e riflettere.
Amo questa donna.
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I testi risalgono a qualche decennio fa, ma ancora adesso fanno ridere e riflettere.
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Luca
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Boring.
Reviewed in Italy on July 29, 2021
I bought the book after having seen Scorsese''s serie on netfilx, and I was so excited before receiving the book. I am now around page 250 and that''s the most disappointing reading ever. Not funny, not brilliant. Martin Scorsese is a master in editing, if we needed further...See more
I bought the book after having seen Scorsese''s serie on netfilx, and I was so excited before receiving the book. I am now around page 250 and that''s the most disappointing reading ever. Not funny, not brilliant. Martin Scorsese is a master in editing, if we needed further evidence.
I bought the book after having seen Scorsese''s serie on netfilx, and I was so excited before receiving the book. I am now around page 250 and that''s the most disappointing reading ever. Not funny, not brilliant.
Martin Scorsese is a master in editing, if we needed further evidence.
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Very frank, and uninhibited comments, which I adored
Reviewed in Canada on March 30, 2021
Very frank, and uninhibited comments, which I adored
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