Last weekend I finally watched “Public Speaking”, Martin Scorcese’s HBO documentary about Fran Lebowitz. If you don’t know who Lebowitz is, then I highly recommend you check this film out. Not only is she incredibly well spoken and has an amazing story, but Scorcese (as always) does a fantastic job. I cannot tell you how fresh it is to watch and listen to someone who is so unabashedly controversial. The wonderful thing though, is that she’s not trying to be. The debate that surrounds Lebowitz is rooted only in the fact that she is not afraid to have an opinion. The critical culture in which we live, at least from my viewpoint, has many times been neutered due to pressures of being politically correct. While I believe every person on earth has the absolute right to live the life they want to lead, and I would never advocate the purposeful defamation of anyone’s lifestyle, sometimes it is important to raise issues that might be controversial for the sake of human growth. This is Fran Lebowitz’ approach and I applaud her for it.
Some Fran Lebowitz Quotes:
As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.
Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football.
Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step – it is an old business procedure.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
Humility is no substitute for a good personality.
My favorite animal is steak.
Here is a little clip from the movie.