Jack Henry Markowitz
1947 Born February 11 in Brooklyn, grew up in Brooklyn
1962 Mark Twain Junior High School
1962-1964 Attended Abraham Lincoln High School
1965 Graduated from East Hampton High School
1967-1968 Sorbonne, University of Paris
1969 B.A., Hamilton College
1995 MSW, Temple University
1974 Daughter – Adele Naomi
2005 The Practice and Other Stories (Xlibris.com)
2008 Stuff Happens or My Life As A Monkey (Xlibris.com)
2010 Bubbie and Zadie Save the Day (Xlibris.com)
1970 In addition to several years working in sales for Rizzoli Editore, Prudential, and John Hancock, Markowitz was at various times a public relations consultant for various business and non-profit clients as well as a pr writer for governmental entities such Brooklyn Borough President Sebastian Leone and the New York State Consumer Protection Board during the administration of Gov. Hugh Carey. His resume also includes several stints in New York and New Jersey as a fundraiser for the Council of Jewish Federations and the United Jewish Appeal. After earning his MSW from Temple University, he worked in the field of child welfare for both the New York City and City of Philadelphia Departments of Human Services. During his undergraduate years at Hamilton College, Markowitz studied creative writing with Wallace Markfield (To An Early Grave, Teitlebaum’s Window) and with Alex Haley (Roots, The Autobiography of Malcolm X). Markowitz resides in Philadelphia where he continues to work and write.
In this volume of The Practice and Other Stories, a collection of short stories and selected poems, Markowitz writes with satiric wit and Jewish humor about working-class New York characters he had observed during his growing- up years in Brooklyn from the 1950’s to 1970’s. Greatly influenced by the movies, he often turns a satiric camera eye on the details of every day life.
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T he Practice and Other Stories
Blind Man – the story of starry eyed youth on the threshold of lost innocence; The Visit- a story about enduring family bonds; The Practice – the story of a family physician whose clients view him as a shaman., The Fundraiser- the story of an older working man who hates his job and his life; and Coney Island Limey – the story of an eccentric chap from Liverpool
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- Junk Sick: Confessions of an Uncontrolled Diabetic
on March 16, 2009
Review of “Junk Sick” by Norman Savage, Smashwords.com, 2009
Reviewed by Jack Henry Markowitz
Junk Sick by Norman Savage is a tour de force in every sense of the word. Norman Savage is a gifted and exceptional writer who has poured out his heart and his art into this extraordinary memoir. Junk Sick is an epic confessional autobiography, twenty years in the writing and living, that rivals and echoes William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye.
A long time denizen of New York’s Greenwich Village, Savage can clearly trace his literary roots back to the Beats of the Fifties and Sixties – Allan Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
In Junk Sick Savage unsparingly documents his twin battles with Diabetes and drug addiction as well as his lifelong struggle to find his unique literary voice as a writer and poet. While drug abuse and Diabetes ravaged his physical health and led him to surrender many times to the demons that drove him towards the graphically described self-destructive behaviors that negatively impacted his relationships with friends, lovers and family, the better angels of his nature compelled him to continue with his writing despite the uphill odds of staking out a life as a poet and writer during America’s golden age of corporate greed, corruption and moral turpitude.
However, Savage has paid a heavy personal price to assuage the bitch goddess of inspiration in order to achieve his well received memoir. Despite having been strung along and abandoned by a major publishing house that ultimately did not have the necessary testicular fortitude to green light the book’s publication, it is indeed fortunate for us all that the age of digital publication of e-books has arrived in the nick of time to salvage this ambitious and groundbreaking masterwork from possible oblivion.
Junk Sick eloquently captures an entire universe populated by junkies, hookers, whores, pushers, and con-artists of every stripe and milieu. It is also a world populated by caring medical professionals, parents, relatives, lovers and friends whose interventions no doubt saved the author’s life on more than one occasion. In this skillfully written and yes, inspired, portrayal of his personal saga, Savage’s mesmerizing story telling abilities manages to rise above the subject matter, so that all readers can benefit, not just junkies and diabetics, from time spent reading Junk Sick.
Savage is very much a rebel with and without a cause. Like so many of the Baby Boomer generation, this reviewer included, the author has rebelled against a conformist and soul killing American culture. Flouting both cultural and social norms, Savage maintained his belief in the power of the written word. In his writing, the author self- imposed a vigorous adherence to the honest telling of his life experience – the real deal.
Savage is keenly aware of the influences of popular culture in shaping the zeitgeist of our reality. Though the Beats have clearly influenced his writing, so have the works of Philip Roth and the whole school of Coney Island born and bred writers such as Joseph Heller, Neil Simon, Wallace Markfield and Delmar Schwartz. In Junk Sick Savage describes a Greenwich Village that still survives as a bastion of bohemian freedom where the creative juices of writers, poets, musicians and artists can still flow freely, despite the gentrification that has obviously taken place over time. He describes a time when the Village was the home of Bob Dylan, Dylan Thomas, Ginsburg, and Kerouac. Inside the pages we hear the musical magic of Miles, Bird and Coltrane coming from the night clubs and into the streets.
Junk Sick has the potential to become a cultural classic and given enough time and recognition, it may well be heralded as one of the most important memoirs of our era.
on July 24, 2009
With the recent publication of MISTAH (Smashwords.com, 2009) author Norman Savage has rediscovered the art of writing as a kind of life giving force capable of reviving (and redeeming) even the most lost of souls and broken hearted. MISTAH is disguised as a kind of roman a cle, described as a work of fiction, yet more closely related to a work of friction, where the fictitious elements intermingle with the real until the two can no longer be separated. Like the narrator anti-hero in the classic film Sunset Boulevard, Savage’s anti-hero (and, we might as well admit it, alter ego), Max Heller, back tracks a story of an inter-racial love affair set against a backdrop of familial hatreds and societal taboos where dark forces conspire to thwart the two star crossed lovers.
Although only recently published, MISTAH actually was written some seven years prior to the publication of Savage’s even more recent ground-breaking memoir JUNK SICK (Smashwords.com, 2009). Readers of JUNK SICK will quickly see the obvious connections in the narrative that the two books have in common though within MISTAH names have been changed to protect the not so innocent. While some parts of the book read like excerpts from Casino Royale (as Max scores big at the crap tables and then takes off in his Porsche for the Big Easy) who among us can say that we are not all, in one way or another, the sum of our pop cultural influences? I really liked the ambiance descriptions of New Orleans - the smells and sounds and feel of the places, some seedy others extraordinary, that the author narrator describes. MISTAH is a good read on several levels, as pure escapism or for its sifting nuances in mood and style. MISTAH can stand alone as a roman noir mystery in the tradition of Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon or as a bookend to JUNK SICK. Perhaps the two books will prove to be just two excerpts from a much larger yet to be published body of work. Only time will tell. Reviewed by Jack Henry Markowitz July, 2009.