Raymond Sokolov (review date 22 July 1986)
SOURCE: “New Girl in Town,” in Wall Street Journal, July 22, 1986, Vol. CCVIII, No. 15, p. 28.
[In the following excerpt Sokolov objects to the substance of Janowitz's prose in Slaves of New York.]
Uptown in the shabby genteel offices of The New Yorker they have been waiting at least a decade for the aged editor William Shawn to step down. At age 80, he has become a laughingstock, devoting his once-distinguished, once-amusing magazine to n-part screeds on staple grains and vanished airplanes, indulging an old man's whim for young women writers of dubious (literary) virtue.
The latest of these Shawn-genues is Tama Janowitz, whose stories...
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