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Metropolitan Life (Plume) Paperback – March 1, 1988


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  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (March 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452260698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452260696
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By pisces on April 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm probably being a bit too too too generous giving "Metropolitan Life" 4 stars. I'm doing it more for the lovability of Frannie Lebowitz, than necessarily her laugh-out-loud funniness. And yet, I remember Fran's endless appearances on talk shows in the 1970s-early 1980s, looking very errudite and Andy Warhol-ish, with sophisticated cigarette in hand, as she spouted off her pontifications and rumination of life. We all thought she was the height of eccentric sophistication and witty urbane intelligence back then in 1980.

Does it translate as well in 2006?

Fran Lebowitz is still clever enough. It's a slice of life that we'll never see again: that Andy Warhol-Halston-Studio 54 crowd that mixed with New York City's power elite: Fran was able to bridge those two worlds. I guess I'm feeling nostalgic for that period of time, when everybody rubbed shoulders with everyone else, and people weren't so isolated and cloistered in their own little groups reaffirming their own little world view.

Fran Lebowitz represented, back then, a kind of being able to expand your comfort zone. You didn't have to live in New York City to "get" her. You didn't have to be an edgy urbane sophisticate to appreciate the cleverness of her witticism.

You still don't. Here's what Fran has to say about....sleep:

"Sleep is death without the responsibility."

Fran on ...poetry:

"Generally speaking, it is inhumane to detain a fleeting insight."

Fran on convenience foods:

"The servant problem being what it is, one would think it apparent that a society that provides a Helper for tuna but compels a writer to pack her own suitcases desperately needs to reorder its priorities".
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
Fran Lebowitz has a wonderfully dry and irreverent way of looking at life; this is a favorite of mine and I recommend it. You don't have to be a New Yorker or even a city dweller to enjoy it, but a cynical outlook and no reverence whatever will help a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Puck on July 10, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fran Lebowitz's work should NOT be OUT OF PRINT! Her work should be taught in schools. Do people still study the writing of essays? Do they still want to learn the cadence of wit? I laughed out loud while re-reading Metropolitan Life - one of Fran's "sports" is "getting the mail." Okay, part of that is affection for Fran, can't help it. I have to love someone who is still real. I love her work. I was inspired to re-purchase her books after seeing Martin Scorsese's Public Speaking documentary of Fran. I was astonished to see them out of print. The strange irony of this fact is that we get to see her speak more often and in more locations than she would ever lecture or read if she were raking it in from her books. It was obvious to me, while listening to her in the film, that she is still writing whether she knows it or not; she is such a natural.
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If you want a good taste of the second half of the seventies, flavored by someone that watched the changes from the first half of the decade,you will enjoy this book.
It is one of the very origins of snarkiness.
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