Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Delving into the ever-spinning shark brain of the brilliant and hilarious bestselling authoress TAMA JANOWITZ has been one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. Having the honor to know Tama in all her exquisitely complex facets is to love her. 
Craig Jamison (screenwriter and webmaster) writes: 
Regardless of background every creative soul has the liberating moment upon realization that they aren't as alone as originally thought, but in actuality part of a larger group of kin one never knew existed - an artisitc / communal "Land of Misfit Toys" (so to speak) within a cookie-cutter world of (so-called) normality. 

                                                               LADY GAGA READING SLAVES  ~ OCT.  2016   
Discovering TAMA JANOWITZ, and in particular her now iconic story collection, SLAVES OF NEW YORK, was such a defining moment for us. 
                                                                                              NEW YORK MAGAZINE
While set in New York's mid 1980s art world - when and where Warhol ruled, Hip Hop was in its infancy, and books like Ellis' LESS THAN ZERO and McInerney's BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY became the war cry of a generation, SLAVES and Janowitz also raged against the machine, but in a much more humorous, perceptive and poignant manner. 

Her quirky tone (the descriptive "Lewis Carroll meets Kurt Vonnegut" is oddly apropos) made her work approachable, identifiable, and (most importantly) enjoyable enough to similarly touch others in other cities around the world just as it had us, and has also allowed it to maintain a timeless quality while (with all due respects) some of those other literary best sellers have since begun to show their age.

The icon of a generation (her frequent appearances on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN were particularly charming and hilarious as the two shared a similar dry wit), we've also always admired Janowitz as a literary workhorse who, unlike many, constantly produces new material - be it her popular pieces for the New Yorker, the screenplay adaptation of her own SLAVES OF NEW YORK,  or eleven books (fiction and non fiction) over the course of her career. 

Read more about the enormously talented writer Craig Jamison's work at - http://www.gullcottageonline.com

Tama appeared 8 times on David Letterman, as well as Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, Late Show with Joan Rivers, Charlie Rose, Conan O'Brien, Good Morning America, Pat Sajak, The Today Show, MTV - Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes, Larry King ... Bravo Network's new scripted series - Brian Dannelly's "True Fiction" cameo coming in 2017

               BRAVO NETWORK'S "TRUE FICTION" - 2017

Tama's features and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Interview, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Spin, The New York Times, Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Elle, People, Premiere, Forbes, US Weekly, NPR, Women's Wear Daily, SELF Magazine, The Paris Review, Gotham, New York Post - Page Six, Paper, Nylon, Vault, Details, Life, Newsweek, Spy, Arena, U.S. News, House and Garden, The Japan News, Town and Country, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Guardian, The Telegraph, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Associated Press, Travel and Leisure, Village Voice, and literary journals and newspapers internationally.

Tama's eleventh book published by HarperCollins/Dey Street Books, SCREAM: A MEMOIR OF GLAMOUR AND DYSFUNCTION, is set for release this August.

“It’s fun to read about the people you know disguised under other names,” says Warhol. “It’s like, not a fantasy, but I mean, somebody you really know and you can sort of read between the lines… You’ll probably be in her next book. I’m sure I’m coming up.”    

                                   ANDY WARHOL AND TAMA JANOWITZ 

“Three decades after the publication Slaves of New York, Janowitz remains as smart, sharp-edged and socially astute as ever."
                                                                 LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEWS

“Tama Janowitz is a clever writer, laugh-out-loud funny, and wonderfully sharp.”
                                                                 THE WASHINGTON POST

“So savagely witty, so acerbic, so piercingly accurate… Tama Janowtiz has a merciless eye for absurdity.”
                                                                 LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER

"If there were a literary equivalent to a new Talking Heads album, Slaves of New York would be that book." 

“The shrewd observation, the skewed invention… are the work of a singular talent.”
                                                              THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“There’s a new girl working the Zeitgeist with an ironic intelligence and new-wave sensibility unparalleled among contemporary chroniclers of postmodern life.”
                                                               KIRKUS REVIEWS

                                                                       TAMA FEATURED IN MARVEL COMICS

“Nimble, satisfyingly nasty, wholly unexpected, chaotic and smart-ass but precocious, indefatigable, funny, and somehow optimistic. Hey that’s life in a Janowitz book.”

Tama wrote the screenplay and also appeared in the Merchant Ivory film SLAVES OF NEW YORK starring Bernadette Peters. 

Andy Warhol commissioned Tama to write the screenplay with an offer of $5000.00 or a painting. Her need to eat left her no choice but to take the money. Sadly Warhol died a year later. The script was bought from the Warhol estate by Merchant Ivory Productions.

Tama received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College in 1977, a master's in writing from Hollins College two years later, attended the Yale School of Drama for playwriting, received a master's degree of fine arts in writing from Columbia University and a fellowship from Princeton.


                                                                                                   INTERVIEW Magazine

CINDY ADAMS of Page Six New York Post - "Misfit Tama’s “Scream” is sharp. And hilarious."

Tama became a model with Vidal Sassoon hair salons in London and New York 1975 - 78. Since the publication of her first novel, "American Dad," at age 23, she captured media headlines, as much for her flamboyant personality and notoriety as friend to late Andy Warhol as for her post-modernist fiction.

                                       TAMA WITH MOTHER PHYLLIS

"As fodder for the gossip columns, Tama learned first hand what it means to go from relative obscurity to celebrity status. She became more than a young writer with a success on her hands -- she became an icon of New York's kinetic night life."                                                         
                                                                         Astro Bio

                                                                                              YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA

                                                    MTV - ANDY WARHOL'S 15 MINUTES

AWARDS, HONORS: Breadloaf Writers' Conference, 1975; Elizabeth Janeway Fiction Prize, 1976 and 1977; Amy Loveman Prize for poetry, 1977; Hollins College fellowship, 1978; National Endowment for the Arts grants, 1982 and 1986; Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines/General Electric Foundation award, 1984; Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation award, 1985; Alfred Hodder Fellow in the Humanities, Princeton University, 1986-87.

 “Introduced as the next Truman Capote” - Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church                                                                       

"If you spend even five minutes with Tama, there is no denying that her voice—and the workings of her brain—is singular. I found her simultaneously intelligent, complex, funny, and a little wounded in the way that makes you fall in love with her the way you would a heroine in a French nouvelle vague film."
ARTICLE HERE: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/tama-janowitz/
                                                   INTERVIEW Magazine - By: Molly Ringwald

                                                                                       MTV - HOSTING 120 MINUTES ~ 1987
                                       “A true original.”

                                           "Misfit Tama’s SCREAM is sharp. And hilarious."
                                            NEW YORK POST - PAGE 6 By Cindy Adams

“Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars.”
                                                                                                 TAMA JANOWITZ

“The pleasure of “Scream” rests almost entirely in Janowitz’s voice and her shy bewilderment at her own disappointing fate. In this sense, it’s very much like her best fiction, which has always drawn from autobiographical material about hapless, disaster-prone women. Janowitz’s account of all this is not self-pitying but quite funny, in the David Sedaris tradition.” ARTICLE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/once-hugely-popular-writer-returns-decades-later-to-muse-on-life-and-fame/2016/08/12/4e114a62-488c-11e6-90a8-fb84201e0645_story.html?utm_term=.c3711eb881bf
                                                                        THE WASHINGTON POST


If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live a day as Tama Janowitz, resident Lit Girl and acclaimed author of Slaves of New York, here is your chance. In this fantastic mid-life memoir, Tama details everything from her mother’s dementia to her daughter’s angsty teenage years.”
                                                BRIT + CO: 16 Must-Read Adult Books Out in August

“I’ve gone memoir mad this year. Tama Janowitz’s demented confessional Scream is a bridge-burning rampage through her magnificently odd life. This is an eye-popping read, seemingly written with her fists. At the end she’s waiting to find out whether she’s going to be sent to jail. I hope she is – she’s hilarious, and her take on life on the inside would be a riot.”                                                                                
                                                                              SUNDAY HERALD SCOTLAND

      After an extraordinary journey, TAMA JANOWITZ in 2016 living her passions. 

"There is an admirable spirit of rebellion here, an unwillingness to buy the notion of unhappy success that McInerney is still attempting to sell. Andy Warhol, after all, was a creature of “downtown” Manhattan par excellence. But Janowitz’s eagerness to pre­sent her alliance with him as transactional is refreshing. She is also acutely sensitive to the way 
 that power inflects and informs the making of art."                                                                                               THE NATION

                                                            MUSES AND VISIONARIES - BY ERIN ROSSITTO



"She becomes a virtual member of the working class and her reportage from the front lines of Obamacare and doughnuts is striking. There was a prescient line in Janowitz’s best-known book, Slaves of New York: “I had never, in my wackiest dream, imagined that I would grow up to be a poor person.” In the end, Scream reminds you of Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London (one of her favourites). It’s a real blast, and could be the best political book on America published this election year. Funny and appalling, to hear her tell it. But then Scream opens out into another kind of book altogether. The real privations and tribulations Janowitz describes among the people that are now her neighbours (and lovers) are more than a match for the anarchy of her own family, and this is down to the American economic disaster and the palpable lack of education. "                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                         THE NATIONAL - INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND

"She with her latest book 'Scream: A Memoir of Glamour and Dysfunction, Tama Janowitz ultimately proves, with humor, exasperation, tears and a vibrant spectrum of other emotions, that she, like tungsten, could be thrust into white-hot fire and emerge even stronger."  ARTICLE: http://www.upstatediary.com/tama-janowitz/
                                                                                       UPSTATE DIARY

"The irreverence of an author who’s desperate for money but still won’t submit to expectations is thrilling... Scenes from the end of [mother] Phyllis’s life are genuinely moving. Janowitz captures, with startling eloquence."                                                                                                               
                                                           THE BOSTON GLOBE              


2016 W Magazine feature -"Tama Janowitz is Bored with Glamour" : http://www.wmagazine.com/story/tama-janowitz-is-bored-with-glamour

SCREAM by Tama Janowitz: "7 Books We're Reading This Fall" - Good for: Neurotic humorists, Andy Warhol fans, those who wish they lived in New York in the early ’80s (or actually did), caretakers of elderly parents. Why: Against all odds, considering the subject matter, this book his hilarious.
                                                                                                    THE M DASH

“When Tama Janowitz released Slaves of New York in 1986, she became an instant literary celebrity. Thirty years and eight books later, she's back in the spotlight with SCREAM, a sharp memoir that follows her life from '80s excess to a calmer, though no less astutely observed, present day."
                                       TOWN AND COUNTRY

"SCREAM's final chapters, dealing with her beloved mother’s death, are harrowing and heartrending, as are nearly all of the sections about their often fraught but enduring and loving relationship."                                                                                                                
                                                                                  THE LOS ANGELES TIMES  

Tama Janowitz offers this hilarious self-portrait of the artist as a confused, middle-aged enfant terrible. Alternating between the tragicomic chaos of her current circumstances and glimpses back at a fraught childhood and glittering youth, Janowitz’s tale is intimate and self-deprecatingly charming."                                                
                                 BUST MAGAZINE

                           "Janowitz is to Gen X what Lena Dunham is to millennials."                                                                      MUSES AND VISIONARIES      

"This memoir from a member of the literary brat pack of the go-go '80s is resplendent with "I as there" celeb gossip, familial pain, and hard-earned humor."                                         O Magazine   

Janowitz, who wrote “Slaves of New York,” calls McInerney, author of “Bright Lights, Big City,” an “idiot” in the Guardian. “I remember being so, so upset because Jay McInerney was interviewed, and he said how terrible it was that an author does an ad: ‘Tama Janowitz did ads, an author who does ads is a whore,’ ” Janowitz said. Asked if she had ever confronted McInerney, she replied, “No, it’s ridiculous to argue with idiots.” ARTICLE: http://pagesix.com/2016/08/30/authors-tama-janowitz-and-jay-mcinerney-ignite-feud/
                                       NEW YORK POST - PAGE SIX - RICHARD JOHNSON

                                                                                            HARPER'S BAZAAR - FEB. 2016
"The Tama Janowitz origin story—the wild-haired, wacky young woman who became the poster girl of downtown New York almost overnight with the publication of her era-defining story collection Slaves of New York in 1986—continues to seduce new generations of women... It would be unsympathetic and untrue to say that Janowitz lives for life's floggings, but tragedy is material. In Scream, the death of her mother is the emotional center of the book. As she has always done, Janowitz inoculates this string of misfortunes with a steady stream of distant self-deprecation that often tips over into self-immolation. "                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            W Magazine

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