The comic essayist Fran Leibowitz has been promising to come out with a new book for the past 20 years or so. In the meantime, we have to make do with her infrequent appearances and once-in-a-blue-moon magazine pieces. It’s unfortunate, because she’s one of the funniest writers of the past fifty years or so. She refined her bohemian-but-tough New York intellectual Jew model to a sharp point, and rode it to great, well-earned success in the late 70s and early 80s. Her books are very funny even today.
She’ll be on City Arts & Lectures this week, a rebroadcast of a live stage presentation. It airs (and streams) on KQED-FM in San Francisco at 8PM pacific, and I believe on the variety of other stations that carry CA&L, including KWWS in Walla Walla and KUSP in Santa Cruz. Well worth seeking out.