Author Fran Lebowitz first came to fame in the early 1970s when Andy Warhol hired her to write a column for Interview magazine. She soon began contributing regularly to Interview and Mademoiselle magazine as well. In 1978, Lebowitz published Metropolitan Life, a book of essays. Her second collection of essays, Social Studies, was published three years later. Both books became New York Times best-sellers. In 1994, they were reissued as a single volume called The Fran Lebowitz Reader.