Ok, so I've been in a fog since Thursday and have been trying to finish this post for days. I woke up with a mad head cold yesterday and fought a fever all night. Things aren't looking up so I'm just going to keep this one short and sweet. I recently watched two documentaries about two edgy female New York artists. Although you probably know one of them more than the other, they both have made their mark in this town and have always had something to talk about. These two documentaries are Public Speaking, about writer Fran Lebowitz, directed by long-time friend, Martin Scorsese and Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work. The piece about Joan Rivers is an honest and raw look into her 75th year. This woman is seriously one of the hardest working woman in show-biz. For her, retiring would be failing. It would mean no one wants to watch her jokes anymore. Speaking of jokes, Joan has a wall of filing cabinets full of all her jokes. However, above all she has always considered herself an actress. Joan has always appeared glamorous, show-biz hasn't.
From what I remember best of Fran Lebowitz are the quintessential comments she makes on the New York way of life. "People move to New York to not say I saw Joe walking down the street." "Running into someone nowadays in Times Square is like running into someone at a gay bar in the 70’s. I’m just doing research. I’m not really here." "In New York, I walk with purpose."
Check these out!