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Sharpen your sardonic wit for FranCon

Do you hate SantaCon but love New York icon Fran Lebowitz? If so, press your blazer, break out your cowboy boots and sharpen your wit for…FranCon!

The third annual FranCon will be held Thurs., Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Holiday Cocktail Lounge, at 75 St. Mark’s Place.

“Revelers” at a past FranCon. (FranCon)

You don’t have to be a chain-smoker, like Fran — there will be candy cigarettes to complete your outfit — plus theme cocktails and dancing.

And in the spirit of Fran’s love for books, there will be a take one, leave one book exchange. So bring a book you want to part with and pick up a new one at the event.

A Fran fan. (FranCon)

The organizers ask that people RSVP to let the bar know how many people to expect. Free candy cigarettes with proof of RSVP. For information and to RSVP, click here.

The event is 21 and over.


  1. Mary Reinholz Mary Reinholz October 30, 2023

    Love to know the titles of these books Lebowitz supposedly has written as cited vaguely by redbike. Aside from her two collections of comedic essays, “Metropolitan Life” and “Social Studies,” which were apparently combined in “The Fran Lebowitz Reader,” I got the impression from scanning Wikipedia that she has only published since then a children’s book about giant pandas. So her record as a book author is not exactly impressive. Of course, Lebowitz is known for having a decades-long writer’s block and I regret my rather disingenuous request for help in determining the exact number of books she’s written. She obviously doesn’t write much and appears to be famous for being famous. I think it’s fair to say that she has an interesting fashion sense and personal style but must be a damn fool to chain-smoke.

  2. redbike redbike October 27, 2023

    I was going to reply to Mary Reinholz’s comment with some snark about “Allow me to search the web for you” but while a cursory web search reveals at least 5 titles for which there’s an ISBN (if there’s an ISBN, it’s a book), there’s at least one additional ‘unfinished’ title. Who knows what else?

    More generally – hence not appending this reply to Mary Reinholz’s comment – my cursory web search also revealed Fran Lebowitz claims to have neither cellphone, computer, nor typewriter; strange that this gathering required an on-line RSVP. O tempora, o mores!

  3. Mary Reinholz Mary Reinholz October 26, 2023

    Always wondered exactly how many books Fran wrote beyond the 2 that launched her career as a New York wit back in early 1980s.

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