While Fran Lebowitz's big break came from Andy Warhol when he hired her as a columnist for Interview, her career has certainly lasted more than 15 minutes. In the late '70s and early '80s she published two hilariously insightful books on the embarrassing human condition, Social Studies and Metropolitan Life. Since then, she has gone on to become an icon of sorts, known for her sardonic wit, unapologetic sarcasm, and well-tailored suits. Though her writing résumé isn't as prolific as other authors of note—often referring to her 10-year hiatus as "writer's blockade"—she recently broke through to the other side again with Exterior Signs of Wealth. In addition to penning a children's book, giving advice to teenagers, and occasionally playing a judge on Law and Order, she also stars in Public Speaking, a documentary directed by Martin Scorcese that follows her as she shares her words of wisdom and strong opinions with crowds across the country. Hopefully, she will continue to inspire and amuse with her talk at the Pantages Theatre this Friday as she discusses her writing career and answers questions from the audience as part of Hennepin Theatre Trust's "Living Legends Series."
Fri., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., 2011