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Area Code 212

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  7 reviews
I was walking down the street and a homeless person on the corner yelled to me, 'Hey, honey - you having a bad hair day?' Welcome to the wonderful world of Tama Janowitz, New York's wittiest and deader than deadpan social scene chronicler. Littered with idiosyncratic delights and oddities, here are hilarious stories of her eighties blind date club with Andy Warhol; her bri ...more
Published (first published November 1st 2005)
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Stefani
Aug 05, 2008 Stefani rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The Tama Janowitz Fan Club
This book is the shy cousin to Janowitz's steller novel "Slaves of New York". What a disappointment! It's a series of essays related to Janowitz's life in New York for the past 20 + years, her run-ins with various celebrities (namely Andy Warhol and several notable art world figures), and her take on everything from noisy apartments to her adopted child Willow.

Janowitz seems to be typecast toward writing these types of discordant novelettes about NY life, but unfortunately, the genre is becomin
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Richard
I haven't seen any of Janowitz's writing since Slaves of New York was first in paprback. This is a book I still refer myself back to now and then for some of its best stories ("You and the Boss" and "Kurt and Natasha: A Relationship" come to mind), but this book was followed with the quickly faultering and ultimately bland novel A Cannibal in Manhattan. But the bright spots of Slaves show that there is great promise for Janowitz's work--she does have a sensible way of handling absurdity, and at ...more
Kailin
I think that I like TJ's stories about her own life better than her fiction - she is a strange person, and the deadpan delivery of her quirky life made me laugh outloud in many cases.
Alvin
I love Tama Janowitz, but she's MUCH better at light comic novels than essays.
Jamie Baywood
I laughed out loud throughout this book! I love Tama Janowitz!
Christina
Funny, pithy, touching stories from my favorite city.
Johanna
essays related to nyc
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Tama Janowitz is an American novelist and a short story writer. 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.

Born in San Francisco, California to a psychiatrist father and literature professor mother who divorced when she was ten, Janowitz moved to the East Coast of the United St
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