No matter how happy or unhappy your childhood was, reading is more interesting. Maybe some children grew up with very interesting, stimulating environments, but most don’t. I grew up in a very conventional, small-town environment, which was not that interesting, so reading was the whole world to me.Rail: Perhaps your upbringing was conventional, but your story was not.I remember when I moved out of the hotel I basically lived on the floors of my friends’ apartments. Lebowitz: It was on West 4th Street, between Gay and 12th.I would even go to Boston and sleep on the floor in the dormitory of a few friends from high school who were going to college in Boston. The apartment was tiny, and the rent was 1.78 a month, which was four times as much than the ones in the East Village.
to get a drink, to get drugs, or to get cigarettes, because you need to get fixed desperately. Do you have a clear memory of when you first smoked? I even remember the movie, which was called , at the less nice of the two movie theaters in Morristown, New Jersey, where I grew up. They used to be called “movie palaces,” and the ladies rooms were very big and had sofas.Fran Lebowitz and I met several years ago at a lively dinner at the home of our mutual friends, painters David Novros and Joanna Pousette-Dart. ” And I just said, “Yes”—I hadn’t even thought about it. I really don’t believe in the theory of genetic addictions, that you’re either born an addict or you’re not.While we’ve occasionally ended up smoking outside of one social function or another, I had never had the opportunity to sit down and have a lengthy conversation with Fran about her life and work until Eugenie Dalland, editor of when you spoke of a woman behind the counter at 3 a.m. I don’t happen to think that food or sex are addictions, because they both are natural desires.in a 24-hour Duane Reade near Columbus Circle, who told you that your favorite brand, Marlboro Lights, was on sale, and that she should charge more, not less, for an addict like you. An addictive substance is something that if you never did it, you’d never want it. And they said, almost at the same time, “Do you want a cigarette? Which is unlike with most kids, the first time they smoke cigarettes, they don’t really like it because it makes them cough.