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Slaves of New York (1986)

af Tama Janowitz

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Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers. But between the disappointments come snatches of self-awareness, and a strange beauty in their encounters with one another.… (mere)
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Late 80's angst reigns among NYC's young professionals. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
I think the best thing about this book might be the hilarious cover. Sorry Tama.

'Slaves of New York' is a linked series of short stories which, while not adding up to a novel, are observant and fun takes on the art scene in New York City in the 1980s.

Many of the characters are met once and never heard from again, but a few: jewelry designer Eleanor, and the artists Stash and Marley being the most prominent, are evenly spaced throughout. I feel that Eleanor with her neuroses and her quiet musings was really the only character that really got through to me.

Janowitz does have talent. In every story - even the nonsensical ones that didn't appear to have much to do with anything ("Involuntary Lunch"?) had at least one or two great lines. The one that got me laughing was the asshole who wanted half a grapefruit.

Taken as a series of vignettes it was a worthwhile read for the commute or a lazy afternoon. It is certainly entertaining and of its time, though I did not find it particularly groundbreaking. The jury's still out on Janowitz, I'll have to read one of her novels. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Must have more. Need more now. Send help soon. I am not sure I will survive without more from this author immediately. I need it and I cannot go on without...more!!.
Please, tell me that her other works are congruent with this one. Because this is BRILLIANCE! Pure sheer Brilliance. I laughed hysterically, but it was more like scream laughing, it was seriously that funny. And it felt good to laugh that deep into my soul. I suggest you go purchase the movie as well, they are both amazing, and different yet similar.
I relate to Eleanor so hard, we share the same awkward clumsy eccentric social anxiety ridden traits. Please tell me there is more, you can not just simply take this away from me, I want to read it for the rest of my life. Eleanor is my spirit animal.
I savored the last 40 pages as long as I could, begrudgingly seeing the end approaching, NO! I forced myself to set the book down every chapter.
Can't I still carry it around with me, pretending I am still reading it? *wails*
This moved swiftly upward my list into my top 5 favorites of all times.
I hate to compare, absolutely LOATH to compare, especially when I am doing a female vs. male author, BUUUUUUUUUUT
If you love Brett Easton Ellis as much as I do, you will love her. I am not quite sure what makes them so strikingly similar, their knack for hilarious story telling when it is only a "day in the life of" type of book that focuses on location and character studies. Or, their HILARIOUS dry wit, filled to the brim with delicious sarcasm and satire. Maybe it is their ability to dive straight into the trash and nitty gritty without appearing to lose their prestige.
They both need to produce more novels, similar to these fanatical stories. I mean otherwise I will wither up and die... we don't want that right!? ( )
  XoVictoryXo | Jun 28, 2017 |
As a teenager I was a little obsessed with the idea of American artists living in lofts in New York, so this collection of short stories really appealed to me.

I've not read it since but I have overwhelming memories of being irritated to hell by the character Eleanor, a hat designer who appears in several of the stories. She's an annoying drip stuck in a relationship with a selfish artist boyfriend who treats her like crap. I couldn't understand why she stayed with him. Not entirely sure if I'd read it again although it does have one of the best first lines I've ever seen in a book. ( )
  mirshad | May 28, 2015 |
Read during Fall 2001

I tried, I really did. I'd been meaning to read this book since it came out away back in the 80's but I was dissapointed. Disjunct stories of starving artists in New York that start to vaugely connect by the end. Perhaps the overall theme was that glorfication of New York City as the center of all cool hipness. No wonder I didn't like it.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Slaven van New York (ISBN 903510479X, 1987) is a Dutch translation of selections from Slaves of New York. A later Dutch edition (ISBN 9035108531, 1989) is a complete translation.
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Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers. But between the disappointments come snatches of self-awareness, and a strange beauty in their encounters with one another.

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