Tama Janowitz
Novelist, short story writer
Tama Janowitz
Tama Janowitz is an American novelist and a short story writer. She is often referenced as one of the main "brat pack" authors, along with Bret Easton Ellis, Mark Lindquist and Jay McInerney.
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Nonfiction: Tama Janowitz Grows Up
NYTimes - 6 months
Tama Janowitz’s new memoir, “Scream,” reveals how markedly her life has changed since her “it girl” days.
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Wayne Koestenbaum: My 1980s
Salon.com - over 3 years
Les Fleuves m’ont laissé descendre où je voulais. — Arthur Rimbaud I met Tama Janowitz once in the 1980s. (Was it 1987?) She probably doesn’t remember our encounter. She was a visiting fellow at Princeton, where I was a graduate student in English. At a university gathering, Joyce Carol Oates complimented the ostentatious way that Tama and I were dressed. Seeking system, I replied, “Tama is East Village. I’m West Village.” * * * I had little to do with art in the eighties. I saw Caravaggio in Rome, and Carpaccio in Venice. I neglected the contemporary. For half the decade I lived in New York City, and yet I didn’t go to a single Andy Warhol opening. Missed opportunities? My mind was elsewhere. * * * Continue Reading...
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My Summer Reading List, and Other Ways I've Ruined My Life - Business Insider
Google News - over 5 years
And, of course, a brat pack phase: Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz (loved her!), Donna Tartt, and various others. Then I started writing my own horrible novels (you can imagine by the titles: “The Book of Orpheus”, “The Book of David”,
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Interview: Mayra Calvani, Author of Frederico, the Mouse Violinist - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
My guests would probably be Albert Camus, Kate Chopin, Anne Rice, Tama Janowitz and Bram Stoker. I would cook them an elaborate Turkish dinner consisting of cucumber and black olive salad, feta and spinach filo pastry, stuffed grape leaves,
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Patrick DeWitt: The Sisters Brothers (Granta) - Herald Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
A critic once suggested that the publication of a Tama Janowitz novel was the literary equivalent of a new Talking Heads album. If that's the case, The Sisters Brothers can surely be likened to the release of a Coen Brothers movie
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Irony and the Old Lady
NYTimes - over 7 years
FIRST go the knees, then goes irony. Sometime around age 50, women start to let go of certain ideas about themselves and fashion. Up till then you can wear lots of silly or brash things, and if you are reasonably fit and attractive or consistently daring, it doesn't really matter. You're still with the tide. You are home free with your esoteric
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THEATER REVIEW | 'HUNTING AND GATHERING'; Still Rudderless in Gotham
NYTimes - about 9 years
Theatergoers are probably not supposed to like Bess, the youngest and bossiest character in Brooke Berman's ''Hunting and Gathering,'' as much as I did. In Ms. Berman's slim and winsome comedy of urban nomads in search of stability, which opened on Sunday night at 59E59 Theaters, it's the three older people who are presumably meant to capture your
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Spare Times
NYTimes - about 9 years
AROUND TOWN Museums and Sites INDEPENDENT AND SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR It's hard to get more indie than Ian MacKaye. For more than two decades, Mr. MacKaye, the founder of Dischord Records and the frontman of the seminal Washington punk band Fugazi, has stood firm against corporate enticements and megadeals, eschewing major labels and high ticket
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ON EDUCATION; At Barnard, One Generation of Writers Nurtures the Next
NYTimes - over 9 years
Eleven students were sitting around a table at Barnard College the other day expressly to learn how to write fiction, and their teacher, the novelist Maxine Swann, told them, ''I cannot teach you to write.'' The students did not flinch. They knew that despite such a modest demurral, Barnard has helped an exceptionally large group of women become
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Urban Scrawl
NYTimes - over 10 years
UP IS UP BUT SO IS DOWN New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992. Edited by Brandon Stosuy. 510 pp. New York University Press. Cloth, $90; paper, $29.95. When people talk about the explosion of art in New York in the 1970s and '80s, they usually mean the Ramones and Television and punk rock, or Jean-Michel Basquiat and the downtown arts scene.
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NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: READING NEW YORK; The Restaurant Curse of 63rd Street and the City Through a Lens
NYTimes - almost 11 years
MARLA MAPLES applied the fundamentals of feng shui to Peaches, the Manhattan restaurant she opened in 1998. But as Eric Asimov wrote in The New York Times, the place had a ''lifespan of a piece of ripe fruit.'' In his new book, ''A Writer's Life'' (Knopf, $26), Gay Talese reveals that not even feng shui could overcome the curse on restaurants at
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Arts, Briefly
NYTimes - over 11 years
Singer Never Missing, Manager Says The manager of the American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux said today that Ms. Peyroux was in New York, exhausted from a recent tour, and not missing. The manager said reports from Britain that Ms. Peyroux had vanished were a hoax. ''She was never missing,'' said the manager, Cynthia B. Herbst. ''She's fine and
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The Man in the Mirror
NYTimes - over 11 years
DID Bret Easton Ellis really crash a Ferrari while driving naked in Southampton? Was he married? Does he have a son? Did he have dinner at the White House, a guest of George W. Bush? A weeks-long crystal-meth binge? An exclusive orgy? Dates with both Christy Turlington and George Michael? Well, perhaps, at least according to the spellbinding
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VOICES; 'Marijuana Delivered to Your Doorstep'
NYTimes - over 11 years
IN the late 1990's, after we had the baby, my husband, Tim, and I looked at brownstones in Harlem. But I knew that because I worked at home, I would be the one waiting all day for an electrician who had promised to come between 9 and 12. Finally I said to Tim: "Listen, maybe you just don't understand. What I want is a penthouse apartment with a
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SLIDE SHOW; Voices
NYTimes - over 11 years
Jhumpa Lahiri, Bliss Broyard, Elizabeth Gaffney, Tama Janowitz, Susan Choi, Sol Yurick and others talk about their Brooklyn.
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License to Chat
NYTimes - about 12 years
AREA CODE 212 New York Days, New York Nights. By Tama Janowitz. 349 pp. St. Martin's Press. $24.95. MANTRAPPED By Fay Weldon. 268 pp. Grove Press. $24. Tattoo for a Slave By Hortense Calisher. 324 pp. Harcourt. $24. AUTOBIOGRAPHY should be our most experimental literary space, redesigned -- or at least refurbished -- by successive inhabitants. But
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AUDIO SLIDE SHOW; Habitats: Nine and a Half Rooms
NYTimes - about 12 years
Author of the memoir "212," Tama Janowitz talks about her apartment in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband, an adopted daughter and five or six ferrets.
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NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: BOOKS; Real Estate Woes And Wiles
NYTimes - about 12 years
AREA CODE 212: New York Days, New York Nights By Tama Janowitz St. Martin's Press ($24.95, hardcover) So we moved to Brooklyn. Though there was plenty of light there were all sorts of other peculiarities we discovered after we moved in, such as 1) very little water (we had four bathrooms, but in mine I could only flush the toilet around once a day
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tama Janowitz
    FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 47
    The 2005 September/October issue of Pages magazine listed her as one of the four "brat pack" authors, along with Bret Easton Ellis, Mark Lindquist and Jay McInerney.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents, a psychiatrist father, Julian Janowitz, and literature professor mother, Phyllis Janowitz, divorced when she was ten. She grew up with her mother in Massachusetts.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 31
    Slaves of New York was adapted into a 1989 film directed by James Ivory and starring Bernadette Peters.
    More Details Hide Details Janowitz wrote the screenplay and also appeared, playing Peters' friend. Janowitz has published seven novels, one collection of stories and one work of non-fiction. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tim Hunt, and their daughter.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 28
    Her 1986 collection of short stories, Slaves of New York brought her wider fame.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 19
    She graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in 1977, and from Hollins College with a M.A. in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details She studied at the Columbia University School of the Arts and started writing about life in New York City, where she had settled down. She socialized with Andy Warhol and became well-known in New York's literary and social circles.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born in 1957.
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