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Trailer for the documentary Public Speaking. I have way too frequently for my own moral comfort been asked if I was an only child. Fran Lebowitz Wise, brilliant and funny, Fran Lebowitz hit the New York literary scene in the early 70s when Andy Warhol hired the unknown scribe to write a column for Interview magazine. Today, she s an acclaimed author with legions of fans who adore her acerbic wit. Directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and produced by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, an Emmy - and Peabody-winning documentarian, and Margaret Bodde, the feature-length documentary Public Speaking spotlights Lebowitz s experiences and sardonic world view. The film was recently nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award in the Best Documentary category. Directed in the inimitable and energetic style of Scorsese s early documentaries Italian American and American Boy, Public Speaking captures the author in conversation at New York s Waverly Inn, in an onstage discussion with longtime friend and celebrated writer Toni Morrison and on the streets of New York City. Lebowitz offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race and gay rights, as well as her pet peeves, including celebrity culture, smoking bans, tourists and strollers. Gender, she says, is a very big piece of luck, adding, Any white gentile straight male who is not President of the United States failed. Reflecting on the election of Barack Obama, she calls racism a fantasy of superiority, adding, a fantasy can end, you know. It probably won t, but it can. On the subject of aging, Lebowitz says, At a certain point, the worst picture taken of you when you were 25 is better than the best picture taken of you when you re 45. Of her beloved city, she says, New York was not better [in the 70s] because there was more crime. It was better because it was cheaper.

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