Fran Lebowitz in Conversation

When: Sept. 27 & 28, 8 p.m.

Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Tickets and Info: $50,

It was the morning of Sept. 11 when I spoke with American writer, social commentator and quintessential New Yorker Fran Lebowitz.

Lebowitz was in her New York City apartment and we were supposed to be talking about her upcoming speaking engagements (Sept. 27 & 28) at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano College. But as is the case with pretty much all the Americans I speak with lately the topic invariably turned to the U.S. political scene.

After all, isn’t it the car crash we are all slowing down to watch?

I told her I felt a bit bad that I wasn’t checking in with any of the 9/11 anniversary coverage but I just couldn’t bear to turn on the TV for fear of Rudy Giuliani, who was the mayor of New York City at the time of the 2001 attack, a fact he still dines out on whenever he has a camera pointed at him. That of course is when he isn’t busy delivering erratic, and some may say dubious, defences of his client Donald Trump.

“Then I would suggest you watch MSNBC where they rarely have him on,” said Lebowitz matter-of-factly.

Lebowitz added she had made the mistake of looking at 9/11 coverage and some of what she saw angered her.

“Bloomberg, Cuomo, Giuliani in the audience and I thought are these guys ever going to leave? Are we ever going to get rid of these guys?” said the soon to be 68-year-old Lebowitz bemoaning the old guard of Giuliani, former mayor Michael Bloomberg and current governor Andrew Cuomo. “If …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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