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NO SLAVE TO FAME
LIKE LEVERAGED BUYOUTS AND THE Brat Pack, Tama Janowitz belonged to the '80s. Slaves of New York, her 1986 collection of short stories, won her fame as a hip chronicler of urban angst, but two followup novels have barely made a blip on the '90s radar.
Yet Janowitz, 39, keeps busy scampering after 11-month-old Willow, the baby girl she and husband Tim Hunt, the curator for the Andy Warhol Foundation, adopted in China. "I thought it was going to be like having a dog," she jokes. "But Willow just wants to go all the time, and I can't get anything done." She did finish a novel, By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee, bound for stores this fall with far less fanfare than in the heady old days, when she and her pal Warhol liked to set each other up on blind dates. Hunt, who handled the auction of Warhol's belongings after his death in 1987, married Janowitz five years ago. "I always felt that Andy was looking after me," she says. "It's like he brought me my husband."
Secure in marriage and motherhood, Janowitz is philosophical about her literary career. "I feel I haven't found a large group of people with my sense of humor," she says. "But I don't care as much anymore. To begin to enjoy the actual writing for itself is a truly wonderful thing."
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