Monday, January 17, 2011

Fran Lebowitz--The Opposite of Yesterday

The thing about the Sunday New York Times is that if you read through the whole thing, you will find just about everything, including something to counterbalance the hideousness of what we found about writing in the Sunday Styles.  That is to say, Fran Lebowitz on the opinion page, which was a list of aphorisms, such as the following:

  • All modesty is false
  • All strangers are perfect
  • All musicals are revivals
  • All pets are adopted
  • All smoke is secondhand
  • All vegetables are organic
  • All mothers are single
  • All favorites are sentimental
  • All consciences are guilty
  • All endings are happy
  • All fanatics are religious
  • No thought is consoling
  • No speculation is idle
  • There is no business not like show business
If you haven't seen Scorsese's HBO documentary on Lebowitz, "Public Speaking," you need to check it out. Totally brilliant. Here's the funny thing: Lebowitz is a writer now famous for writers block, but what a writer! Read her work if you can. Which goes to show, in some crazy way, you don't have to be writing to be a writer. Opposite of yesterday's post subject.

2 comments:

JP - The Mistress of Corgi Manor said...

Love Fran Lebowitz, and have for years. Thank you.

A Supplementary said...

Reminds me of this:

http://grammar.about.com/b/2008/10/01/the-myles-na-gopaleen-catechism-of-cliche.htm