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Writer Fran Lebowitz: "I Have the Soul of a Renter"

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail wasn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

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Writer Fran Lebowitz is in the unusual position of being famous for being smart. She started her career as writer for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, and has since published a couple of successful books of essays, made recurring appearances on Law & Order as a wise judge, and was the subject of an HBO documentary by Martin Scorsese. Lebowitz has carved an unusual place for herself in fashion as well. The writer is known for wearing custom tailored suits from Savile Row's Anderson & Sheppard and was chosen one of 2007's most stylish women in Vanity's Fair's 68th Annual International Best Dressed List. We were intrigued to hear what her Buyer's Remorse was, and were surprised how quickly and definitively Fran answered.

Racked: Can you tell us something you've had Buyer's Remorse about?

Fran Lebowitz: An apartment.

Racked: An apartment?

Fran Lebowitz: Not the one I have now but an apartment, yes. The only one I've ever owned. I bought it and I regretted it. Not instantly, but fairly soon.

Racked: Why?

Fran Lebowitz: It turns out that I don't actually like owning an apartment. I have the soul of a renter.
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