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Ner of La Brea and Sunset where we make eye contact with a roller skating hooker to the Watts Towers This “daughter of the wasteland” is here to show us that her city is no wasteland at all but a glowing landscape of swaying fruit trees and blooming bougainvillea buffeted by earthuakes and the Santa Ana winds and every bit as seductive as she is . Everyone who has resided in Los Angeles for a long time has a need to put their identity on this landscape This is a book about Hollywood among other things but it is not just Hollywood it is Eve s Hollywood The author Eve Babitz is a local legend in my version of Los Angeles She is known in the world of the artists who live and work here as well as a friend to the musicians who transformed this city into a world that is totally recognizable but still a subjective landscape I recognize many things in the book as mine as well Especially when she talks about films like Lawrence of the Arabia and downtown LA Mexican food It is not obvious to me if this book is a work of fiction or a memoir in parts I get the impression that perhaps the original source of this book may have been a column she was writing I have a faint memory of her byline in an underground paper but that could be my memory playing tricks on me On the other hand and most important this is an excellent book on Los Angeles culture and although I m about 12 years younger than her I can clearly remember the same sites food and culture as her A very accurate book on that account and surely a must for those who read or collect books on or about Los Angeles Eve is eually a part of another refined world due to her parents her dad for instance was a studio musician who was close to Igor Stravinsky So one gets the 1940s bo ho life as well as the world of rock n roll and the visual arts Nevertheless the book is truly about Eve and how she deals with her city of choice with some reference to Rome as well Los Angeles as a place but also as a state of mind or being I can really relate to this book

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Journalist party girl bookworm artist muse by the time she’d hit thirty Eve Babitz had played all of these roles Immortalized as the nude beauty facing down Duchamp and as one of Ed Ruscha’s Five 1965 Girlfriends Babitz’s first book showed her to be a razor sharp writer with tales of her own Eve’s Hollywood is an album of  vivid snapshots of. In Nathanael West s celebrated novel of Hollywood The Day of the Locust Eve Babitz sees nothing but an unfair diatribe against her beloved hometown of Los Angeles Babitz often hears of Hollywood being described as a wasteland a fake town full of fake people where even the greenery is plastic In Eve s Hollywood she refutes that mythBabitz had a highly privileged upbringing her father was a violinist who worked on movie scores for Fox and her mother was an artist Stravinsky was her godfather seriously She became one of the most famous It girls of 60s and 70s LA and knew everyone from Jim Morrison to members of the Manson Family Eve s Hollywood is a part memoir and part novel of Babitz s early life and her attempt at a vindication for her beloved childhood home of HollywoodNobody can write an opening line like Eve Babitz Just take some of these examples Death to me has always been the last word in people having fun without you and The cat I had most of my adult life so far committed suicide last summer and we buried her under the apricot tree in back of my parents house Just dazzling Babitz is like if Joan Didion had a sense of humourHowever whilst all of the vignettes that make up this collection are fascinating insights into Babitz life there doesn t seem to be any common connecting factor threading them all together Reading this book is like hopping along the stepping stones of Babitz memories and not stopping until you reach dry land Everything seems to crash together and there is no semblance of a structure or timeline Thus reading this book can be uite a disorientating experience Much like listening to Stravinsky actuallyThis book s raison d tre is to show the world that Hollywood is not a wasteland Does Babitz succeed in this Most definitely Eve s Hollywood is an oasis of culture and effervescence that makes New York look like Cripple Creek Colorado Eve s Hollywood gives us a fascinating account of 60s LA from the woman who was at the centre of everything

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Southern California’s haute bohemians of outrageously beautiful high school ingenues and enviably tattooed Chicanas of rock stars sleeping it off at the Chateau Marmont And though Babitz’s prose might appear careening she’s in control as she takes us on a ride through an LA of perpetual delight from a joint serving the perfect tauito to the cor. I suppose this might have some minor documentary value as a roman clef for those interested in this period and locale but its value as literature is so slight that if you look sideways it vanishes Babitz who describes herself as a tall clean California Bardot with messy hair is consistently vapid and narcissistic apparently interested in things only as they relate to her and her appetites for celebrity sex mostly with much older men booze and drugs Her take on the Watts Riots is basically name dropping and hippies and their interest in Eastern religions elicits this deathless bit of maunderingBut Eastern religions all that Hindu junk everyone sank into that piece of total shit which said The Answer lay somewhere in a religion in which they actually named people Untouchables I mean we all know there are some untouchables but to name people like that seems true crassness of unredeemable proportionsBuddhism with that fat guy in a lotus position was faintly pornographic because I always wondered what his cock could ever be like in all that flab No wonder he didn t have women His cock was probably two inches when fully extended in passion Yep that s our Eve critiuing the imaginary length of the Buddha s cock while Rome burns Seriously though why revive and revisit the work of someone so grossly narcissistic and needlessly privileged right now What was NYRB thinking Does Babitz other work hold deeper insights or at least better prose I m not sure I care enough to find out


10 thoughts on “Eve's Hollywood

  1. says:

    ”It takes a certain kind of innocence to like LA” The Iconic photograph of Eve Babitz playing chess with Marcel Duchamp taken by

  2. says:

    My essay about Eve Babitz this book for the Chicago Tribune Few things make me shake my head with greater incredulity that when someone says something to the effect that the market rewards those who most deserve it for their obvious talent for their skill at competition for their meeting of a demand etc That kind of blind belief that the cr

  3. says:

    In Nathanael West's celebrated novel of Hollywood The Day of the Locust Eve Babitz sees nothing but an unfair diatribe against her beloved hometown of Los Angeles Babitz often hears of Hollywood being described as

  4. says:

    Really enjoyed this collection of short pieces about growing up in LA

  5. says:

    I suppose this might have some minor documentary value as a roman à clef for those interested in this period and locale but its value as literature is so slight that if you look sideways it vanishes Babitz who describes herself as a tall clean California Bardot with messy hair is consistently vapid and narcissistic apparently interested in

  6. says:

    I could read stuff like this all day Little snippets of a fabulous life lived in 70s LA She brings the whole time period alive writing

  7. says:

    This collection of stories is uneven and I should probably only give it 3 stars but there are many wonderful moments that I enjoyed too intensely to give it only 3 so it gets 4 I am an Eve Babitz fan from way way back How could I no

  8. says:

    Everyone who has resided in Los Angeles for a long time has a need to put their identity on this landscape This is a book about Hollywood among other things but it is not just Hollywood it is Eve's Hollywood The a

  9. says:

    She's a good prose stylist but it's a vapid enterprise

  10. says:

    I feel wholly indifferent to this book but I admit that I never have had a lot of affection forfascination with Los Angeles in the '60s Maybe you had to be there? It is very much of a particular time and place and has aged unevenly The tone can be at best patronizing and at worst insufferable and the subject matter often feels a lot vapid and a lot less interesting than I suspect Babitz and her various admire