As a satirist, Fran Lebowitz is considered heir to the crown of Dorothy Parker. Her writing offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media as well as her own pet peeves—including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers. Her unapologetically opinionated prose has been featured in Interview and Mademoiselle and in the collections Metropolitan Life, Social Studies, and The Fran Lebowitz Reader. She is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas, and a novel, Exterior Signs of Wealth. A documentary film about Lebowitz, Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese, premiered on HBO in November 2010.