Tama Janowitz | Critical Review by Tom Shone

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Tama Janowitz.
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Critical Review by Tom Shone

SOURCE: “Eight Million Characters in Search of an Author,” in Spectator, November 14, 1992, pp. 39-40.

In the following review, Shone contemplates the humorous aspects of Janowitz's style.

Eighties junk fiction is showing its paunch. ‘The ancient tallow of fast food’ hangs around Tama Janowitz's new novel [The Male Cross-Dresser Support Group]. The most frequently used adjective in the book? Greasy. The pizza her heroine eats at the start: ‘A spot of grease glistened in the centre’. The lamb chops she remembers eating as a child: ‘greasy, gristly’. The hamburger on page 72: ‘greasy’. The hair of the schmuck on page 205: ‘filthy, greasy, unwashed’. Even the trees on the sidewalk have ‘greasy leaves’.

A male writer might at this point have attempted to extrapolate from the grunge...

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