Happy birthday, Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz turned 54 yesterday, and I’m holding out hope that we’ll see her ever-forthcoming new book before her next birthday.

We’re getting closer, anyway; an excerpt, in which Lebowitz argues for the “reinstatement of the state in the church-state equation,” ran in the October issue of Vanity Fair.

For those unfamiliar with Lebowitz’s sharp wit, here’s a brief excerpt from the classic “Writing: A Life Sentence,” which appears in The Fran Lebowitz Reader. And here she is on the distinction between tramps and ladies:

Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don’t are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn’t put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a lesbian.

Anyway, if I have to, I’m willing to wait another twenty years for the new book. But where’s that documentary Graydon Carter promised?

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