Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz

By JON GARELICK  |  October 5, 2012

“The fervor that I had [for Barack Obama] was to not have John McCain be the president. And the fervor I have now is to not have Mitt Romney be the president.”

Fran Lebowitz’s writer’s block is almost as legendary as her wit. Her “latest” book, Social Studies, was published in 1981. Since those early humor essays, Lebowitz has earned her keep mostly as a champion talker, captured most prominently in the 2010 documentary Public Speaking, directed by her friend Martin Scorsese. She comes to Sanders Theatre October 10 for a Celebrity Series event to have a talk “primarily but not solely about the election” with another friend, the columnist Frank Rich. Here’s some of what she had to say recently — edited and abridged — when I caught her on the phone from her home in New York.

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