The essays Fran Lebowitz wrote for Interview and Mademoiselle in the 1970s were jaded, sharp-edged, and hilarious. Lebowitz’s voice is inimitable, and that’s why it’s always been such a shame that Lebowitz never recorded herself reading those essays. Until now. This month, Random House Audio finally releases The Fran Lebowitz Reader on audio, read by Lebowitz herself. We’re pleased to present, in full, Lebowitz’s classic essay “Writing: A Life Sentence,” as read by the woman herself.
You can also download the essay as an MP3.
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Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.