Berkeley Rep Hosts Fran Lebowitz for Three Nights in February

Tickets to see one of the greatest wits of our era go on sale Friday, Jan. 5.

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.

As a 67-year-old arch-New Yorker, her philosophy is more than a little at odds with contemporary Northern California social mores. How would we square new condos with wellness centers in them with a woman who once said, “There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death. Any attempt to prove otherwise constitutes unacceptable behavior”?
 
Or “I never met anyone who didn’t have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood?”
 
Then again, she’s also said, “I doubt there’s ever been a true thing said on Fox. Maybe the weather report, maybe not.”
 
Should be a fun series of chats.
 
Fran Lebowitz in Conversation, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 2-4, at Berkeley Rep, $50-$75, 510-647-2949 or berkeleyrep.org.
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