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Really? Fran Lebowitz Gets To Publish That?

I mean, what am I missing?

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Fran Lebowitz last year.(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Everyone catch “writer” Fran Lebowitz’s op-ed—excuse me, Op-Art—in Sunday’s Times? It is a 77-word series of aphorisms entitled “Introduction by the Author.” They range from truly, indisputably trite and lazy (“All modesty is false,” “All suspicions are sneaky”) to perhaps somewhat clever (“All musicals are revivals”) to, once or twice, arguably insightful (“All mothers are single”). Still, I would encourage everyone to reread contributing editor Rachel Shukert’s magnificent takedown from late last year, in which she concluded: “Literally famous for doing nothing for the past 30 years, Fran Lebowitz has become a brand, a reality star for fancy people.” Why does the Times feel it should coddle both her and those who purport to appreciate her? As if to confirm Shukert’s point, the aphorisms’ contributor biography describes Lebowitz as “author of the forthcoming “Progress,” which will be published within the century.” Oh, I get it, that’s a joke.

Annoying as it is when the Times caters to what it thinks its young readers are (as brilliantly mocked by news anchor Brian Williams, who noted that the Grey Lady treats Brooklyn like it’s “like Marrakesh”), I resent that shamelessness less than the paper of record’s continued obeisance to nonsensical Boomer pieties like the notion—articulated by the donation of space on the Sunday Op-Ed Page—that any of us should pay any attention to Fran Lebowitz.

Introduction by the Author [NYT]
Related: Boulevardier [Tablet Magazine]

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Ben Kaufman says:

Here, here! Great points. Who cares about her and what she does? I’m her age and I never could figure out what all the big deal was – then or now. I’d like to see the Times focus on writings that bring something to our lives – besides the ramblings of a person “Literally famous for doing nothing for the past 30 years.”

I’ve said that least 2212048 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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