Frank Recollections

Holding court in her regular booth at the West Village restaurant the Waverly Inn, Fran Lebowitz, a comedic author and former 1970s and early-’80s Interview columnist, tells it like it is—or at least her version—in the HBO documentary Public Speaking (out November 22). Directed by Martin Scorsese, Public Speaking offers an intimate look into the fascinating, plainspoken life and career of Lebowitz. Woven into the documentary are clips of her being interviewed by the likes of Toni Morrison and Conan O’Brien and always dominating the conversation with her wicked candor, razor-sharp tongue, and, of course, her trademark voice. More info at