Public outing for ‘Public Speaking’

HBO celebrates Fran Lebowitz documentary

It’s not a book. It’s HBO.

Glitzy fashion designers outnumbered movie people at Monday night’s MoMA screening of “Public Speaking,” an HBO doc that celebrates the opulence and elitism its subject, Fran Lebowitz, craves. Even rack of lamb was an afterthought, as diners crowded around at the Four Seasons to celebrate a woman whose 30-year writer’s block is the stuff of legend.

“I don’t care if she never writes another word, so long as she keeps talking,” said Stockard Channing.

Doc producer Graydon Carter also did not anticipate that the bestselling author of the 1978 tome “Metropolitan Life” would be sparked to write more, only speak.

Yet, as is her custom, Lebowitz disagreed, calling it her “fondest hope” to write again. – — Lucas Shaw