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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; UK open market ed edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074757460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747574606
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating, and fascinated, chronicler of the dystopian metropolis' -- Sunday Times

'The shrewd observation, the skewed invention … are the gifts of a singular talent’ -- Jay McInerney

‘Brilliantly funny’ -- Independent

‘Laugh-out loud funny ... wonderful’ -- Washington Post

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Tama Janowitz writes for numerous periodicals including the New Yorker and Elle. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her brutish, handsome husband, malevolent, adorable child, and two six-pound, partially hairless dogs, one of whom is crazy.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andy on 17 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
this is a book that has the time it was written in stamped over all it. Tama Janowitz is a contemporary of Brett Easton Ellis,and was also part of Andy Warhol's inner circle . She writes stories that covered similar misadventures to Easton Ellis. This book is more like a set of short stories that cover a interesting variety of women trying to make an honest dollar and get on with there ambitions lives in New York as is often in big cities some of the women end up in less glamorous surroundings than they had hoped for. They are stories in which the protagonists hit hard reality regardless of there dreams. It is funny and sympathetic.
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By Martha86 on 15 Nov. 2013
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The book was great. I got it for next to nothing because the write up on the back cover -- which I didn't read until after I finished the book -- was written by someone who obviously hadn't read the book.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 1999
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This was the first book I read by Ms. Janowitz and the story, for the most part, moves along at a nice pace. There are the various assortment of characters...some making numerous appearances, some only a solo appearance. I did appreciate her witty sense of humour.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I must be missing something 15 Aug. 2006
By Z. Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maybe it's because I was born in the 80's and not partying then, or maybe I'm just too middle-class, but I thought this entire book was pretty mediocre. The characters were interesting, but usually I felt like the author was trying too hard to make them interesting. Janowitz fits in with the Bret Easton Ellis/Jay McInerney style of writing about what it's like to be incredibly spoiled and have no soul. The two aforementioned authors pull that off with a lot more style and ability than she does.

I only read this book because I heard that the character of Stash is in Ellis' book American Psycho. Overall, I found myself interested in the stories and the characters, but most of the stories lacked a certain human aspect that the other two authors know how to provide. This is a good read if you're stuck in an airport all day with nothing else, otherwise I'd recommend getting something with more substance.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I liked this book when I read it 24 Jun. 2011
By Christian Moller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book when it first came out. I was living and working in NYC, and thought it captured the tone of the city perfectly. Ms. Janawitz got alot of exposure, and seemed like the hot ticket at the time as a new writer. I read some of the reviews above, and I guess you had to be there to appreciate the book. It was right on at the time. NYC in 1985 or '86. I have to re-read it and see if my opinion differs from when I was 18, now that I am 44. Of course, when I was that age, I saw "The Breakfast Club" and it really seemed to talk to my generation. I recently saw it on cable, and now I think it is about stupid, whiney teenagers. Maybe I shouldn't re-read the book, I might be disappointed.
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Like a Firecracker That Never Goes Off 5 May 2013
By Stacy Helton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a new topic for me, so indulge me. My last two years of college, post-community college, I had a subscription to the VILLAGE VOICE. Here I was, a 20-year-old in a campus dining hall in Alabama reading the barometer of what's hip in New York City. Of course, to me I might as well have been reading about Iraq or Darfur, it was so exotic to me. This was 1988-1990, the era of Joel Steinberg, Michael Alig and Tawana Brawley, but, in my mind, it mostly belonged to three writers: Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz, labeled incidentally by the VOICE, the "literary brat pack." I had read the male writers at the time but for whatever reason the Janowitz book never materialized (of course these were the days when the only way you got a book not in stores was to try and "special order" it at the mall bookstore, which may or may not work.) SLAVES OF NEW YORK is a vaguely interconnected collection of short stories about the lower rung of the art world in 1980s Manhattan, specifically the Lower East Side. A lion's share of the stories feature Eleanor, a jewelry designer, and her artist boyfriend Stash, as well as a handful about quirky artist Marley Mantello. Satellite characters shadow the corners, some repeating, some one-timers, like the man who likes to take women to Tiffany's, have them pick out a piece of jewelry, then make like he forgot his wallet. I thought reading the book over 25 years past its' cultural expiration date might allow the book to be seen as a time capsule (in a good way), but the book is lite on atmosphere and heavy on character. And it's not that the characters are unlikable; Eleanor is interesting in her own way, but her acquiescence to Stash becomes quite tiresome as the book goes on. My favorite story chronicles a baseball game amongst artists played under the 59th Street Bridge; it's during this piece that Janowitz's artistry shines and shows a New York that existed in a time and place. Overall, the most disappointing thing is how unimportant the book seems now compared to the buzz upon it's' release, like a firecracker that never went off.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bizarros and Freaks in the Art World 30 May 2009
By Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a gas! It consists of little vignettes about a cast of bizarre and shallow artsy characters in New York. The book is utterly entertaining and affirming of the trendy bizarreness of the art world freakos. It had me laughing out loud several times.

Marley Mantello and his brother Achilles are a scream, along with his mom who is so fat that it takes all her energy just to rest. She has so much fat on her body that she appears to have no bones on her feet, "her little figgys". She tells Marley she thinks she's pregnant from having sex twice with a professor of the politics of television. Marley plans to name the baby Achilles and raise it as his own.

The book is well-written and descriptive of the egotistic, narcissistic and shallow self-centeredness of minor artistes.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Deeply Modern and 80s 4 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has had some trenmendous impacts on me that I never realized until one day when I thought of leg-waxing, I thought of "a tiny women yelling at me in Spanish and pouring hot wax on my legs..." Spend a day in uptown Manhattan with idiosyncratic artists in their most primitive desires and philosophies. This book is unbelievably true and sensitive.
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