I do not have a cell phone. I do not have a blackberry. I do not have a—What do you call it, computer? A microwave oven, whatever of these things … I have none of these machines which is what allows people to not be wherever they are. But since I don’t have them, and I’m forced to be where I am, all the time, which is why I’m noticing what other people are doing. Most people aren’t noticing where they are because they are not really any place. If you are like doing this [mimicking the motion of texting], that’s where you are. I don’t care where you’re doing it, that’s where you are. So the experience of the street, say in New York which I have commonly everyday, I am one of the very few people in the street, having the experience of the street.
Fran Lebowitz in Public Speaking