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Talking Judaism with Fran Lebowitz

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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 12:00 am

To interview Fran Lebowitz is to know that you have barely scratched the surface of what she has to say, and to feel, after you've hung up the phone, that you could have talked to her - or better yet, listened to her - all day. This is why the 2011 Martin Scorsese film "Public Speaking," which is basically Lebowitz talking for several hours - sitting in a restaurant talking, standing on a stage talking, sitting on a stage talking (being interviewed by her friend Toni Morrison, actually) - is such a great pleasure.

The author of two volumes of mordantly funny essays, recently republished together as "The Fran Lebowitz Reader," and one children's book, she is renowned both for her wit and for her writer's block, or, as she once called it, her "writer's blockade." The blockade seems to have eased some, although she isn't about to predict when she will complete something. But, she says, "You will know it, because no matter where you are in the country, the second I finish the book, you will hear me yell."

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