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Franz Leibowitz

Opinions on her. I find her incredibly articulate and talented. Man, she's good.

by Anonymousreply 2302/03/2013

That movie she made where she just sits and talks with Martin Scorsese is surprisingly entertaining.

by Anonymousreply 101/29/2013

did she ever get out of bankruptcy? she went a little nuts buying real estate during the boom!

by Anonymousreply 201/29/2013

What kinda name is Franz for a lady?

by Anonymousreply 301/29/2013

I prefer Ludwig van Beethovenberg.

by Anonymousreply 401/29/2013

For a woman who really does absolutely nothing but talk at people, she is incredibly captivating. No one can describe the death of old New York to suburbanite gentrification quite like she can.

by Anonymousreply 501/29/2013

OP, you scored 100% by getting both her first and last names wrong. Good work!

by Anonymousreply 601/29/2013

She's the bomb, OP. But then you knew that already.

Fran went nuts with the real estate, r2? I thought she only had an apartment and a co-op.

by Anonymousreply 701/29/2013

Love her! So witty!

by Anonymousreply 801/29/2013

Typical for our age -- one of our best writers has writer's block...

by Anonymousreply 901/30/2013

I love her too. And I agree that the Scorsese documentary was captivating. I hung on every word she said. She is one of those people about whom I could almost say that every word she speaks is the truth. (And I have to also comment: If she were better looking, I probably wouldn't take her quite as seriously as I do...her whole persona rocks.)

by Anonymousreply 1001/30/2013

wrong Leibowitz r2, your thinking of Annie.

by Anonymousreply 1101/30/2013

I recall having loved her books years ago, but when I went to re-read them, they seemed stale and dated.

by Anonymousreply 1201/30/2013

she licks the corners of her mouth when she speaks and its GROSS

by Anonymousreply 1302/02/2013

op = easily impressed lezling

by Anonymousreply 1402/02/2013

Who are her contemporaries? Who's got a better wit today? David Sedaris?

by Anonymousreply 1502/02/2013

She really managed to coast pretty far on a few essays she wrote in 1982.

by Anonymousreply 1602/02/2013

Rules for News:

1. Is it attractive?

2. Is it amusing?

3. What do you expect me to do about it?

by Anonymousreply 1702/02/2013

Not everything can be dealt with by epigram. She tries to make being shallow amusing.

by Anonymousreply 1802/02/2013

[quote]and its GROSS

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 1902/02/2013

I enjoyed her 2 books (now over 30 years old) but she reminds me of Capote's description of another female author: "Her reputation for genius was based largely on her notoriously slim output."

by Anonymousreply 2002/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 2102/03/2013

She's lazy, not just for her slim output but for her tendency to go for the easy joke.

by Anonymousreply 2202/03/2013

[quote]No one can describe the death of old New York to suburbanite gentrification

This sort of makes it sound like she's describing it to suburbanite gentrifiers, (which is probably true btw).

Wonderful talker, sure. I enjoyed the Scorsese documentary so much I checked out one of her books from the library. "Dated" isn't even the word. It was hard to believe they were ever a thing. Moderately amusing baubles for suburbanite gentrifiers, and no matter the subject, the essays always seemed to point back to the author in a really obvious, self-serving way.

And imho her "witty" statements about marriage and DADT were unforgivable. I'm sure it was a scream to the in-crowd millionaires she hangs with, as limousines took them cackling into the Manhattan night, but many gay people have boots on the ground and are fighting discriminatory laws in the real world in a very real way because such laws do enormous harm to real people.

by Anonymousreply 2302/03/2013
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