Fran Lebowitz suffers from one of the worst-documented cases of writer’s block (or “writer’s blockade”) but the celebrated tosser-offer of bon mots and other witticisms has carved out a career as a public speaker. Like a Dorothy Parker of our age, the famously tech- and bullshit-averse Lebowitz is a ironclad leveler of egos. And she’ll be coming to Berkeley Rep for three nights of conversation, discussing literature with Daniel Handler on Friday, Feb. 2, then politics and money, and finally, nostalgia (both with cohosts who are TBD). Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 5.
Also she once said, “Your life story would not make a good book. Don’t even try,” her life is actually quite compelling. The subject of Martin Scorsese’s 2010 documentary Public Speaking, she’s only written three books, two essay collections from 1978 and 1981 and a children’s book in the 1990s — but as a fixture of the New York scene, Lebowitz has been a guest on Letterman plenty of times, and she’s well-known for her sartorial flair.