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By Dara KatzWhen the author, speaker and ever-hilarious Fran Lebowitz sat down for her interview with MAKERS, she let slip one of her greatest hidden talents: drawing pilgrims.
Known for her sardonic humor, social observation, and personal style, Lebowitz first began as a columnist for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine before moving to Mademoiselle. A collection of essays from those magazines were eventually published into her first book, Metropolitan Life (1978). The New York Times' John Leonard, wrote the rave review on her voice that made it a hit: "To a base of Huck Finn, add some Lenny Bruce and Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cab driver. ... Serve without whine." Lebowitz has also been a regular guest on Late Show with David Letterman.
Lebowitz is also writing a book. Well, she's been writing the book for more than 30 years. Entitled Exterior Signs of Wealth, the unfinished and unreleased work has achieved its own kind of fame for not being finished after so many years.
If we can't have the novel, at least we can have an inside look at the most important lesson Lebowitz learned as grade schooler. And that of course is how to draw a pilgrim. Because you never know when someone will need you to ... especially on Thanksgiving.
Fran Lebowitz was interviewed for MAKERS.com, the largest collection of women's stories ever told. Her complete video interview series will be live on MAKERS in 2014.