Eve's Hollywood

Eve's Hollywood

Book - 2015
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"Journalist, party girl, bookworm, muse, artist- by the time she'd hit thirty, Eve Babitz had been all of these things. Immortalized as the nude beauty facing Duchamp over a chessboard and as one of Ed Ruscha's Five 1965 Girlfriends, it turns out that Babitz was a writer with stories of her own. In Eve's Hollywood she gives us indelible snapshots of southern California's haute bohemians, of surpassingly lovely high school ingenues ("people with brains went to New York and people with faces came West") and enviably tattooed Chicanas, of burnt-out rock stars in the Chateau Marmont. In her deceptively conversational prose, we are brought along on a ride through an LA of perpetual delight- to a joint serving the perfect taquito, to the corner of La Brea and Sunset where we make eye contact with a rollerskating hooker, through the Watts Towers, and shopping at Central Market. This "daughter of the wasteland" is here to show us that her city is no wasteland at all, but a glowing landscape, swaying with fruit trees and bougainvillea, buffeted by earthquakes and Santa Ana winds. By the end, there is little doubt that Babitz herself is proof there's more to Hollywood than meets the eye."
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©1974
ISBN: 9781590178904
Branch Call Number: BABITZ E
Characteristics: xxvi, 296 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.


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May 20, 2019

Like an enchanting movie, these stories drop you immediately into a world you never want to leave. It's beyond imagination to be an attractive, talented, brave, enlightened, semi-famous, young woman in LA where everything, especially this character, is as bright and shiny and famous as Hollywood. With the photo on the cover, I was not excited to read racy sixties romps with misogynist men, and luckily I didn't have to. The author is way beyond stereotypes, and even though it's a coming-of-age story set in the early sixties, there is nothing dirty, hippie, icky, gross in her point of view, unlike even the perfect Joan Didion. So not only does this memoir age extremely well, it is a beautiful description of what life could be if only you were as talented, beautiful, lucky, famous, imaginative, bold, and brilliant as this author.

Life, as told by this author, is a beach with a brilliant pink sparkling sunset. A positive, exciting, what's next can only be better-type of experience where you wake up every morning to a new adventure, and the sixties never seemed so playful.

Jan 29, 2019

"I got up the next morning with a hangover and a good idea for a story."
It's easy to be envious of Eve Babitz; she's a great writer, she's beautiful, and she seemed to know every musician and actor in L.A. during the 60s and 70s. She's kind of the anti-Joan Didion. They both write a lot about California, but Babitz a native of L.A., whose godfather was Igor Stravinsky, loves the city. Because she has no guilt about pleasure and no shame in being an Angeleno, it's easy to dismiss her writing as shallow. If it is shallow, it's of the wittiest and most sparkling kind. This classic, recently reissued, is the literary equivalent of drinking champagne in the afternoon. "Slow Days, Fast Company" is equally good. There's also a new biography of her called "Hollywood's Eve." Cover photo by Annie Leibowitz.

Sep 06, 2017

Babitz's prose romps along with the greatest of ease. Her keen eye for the intricacies of style, place, and time makes this book a revelation.


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