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Eve's Hollywood characters á 107 Î ❴Reading❵ ➽ Eve's Hollywood Author Eve Babitz – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 Journalist parJournalist 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 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 So. 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'être 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

Eve Babitz ½ 7 review

Uthern 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 corn. 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 about Jim Morrison books tauitos weed the Watts towers and lots of fabulous arty people I'm buying everything she's ever written

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Eve's HollywoodEr 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?. 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 not be she loves LA with such a pure and innocent passion the way I used to before things got so complicated as they will in any long term relationship Then it becomes a mature love where you see all the warts and have to reconcile all the inevitable disappointment and frustrations not to mention the money issuesThis is one of her earlier books I believe the first full length one and the voice of her first person stories which I have always found delightful is not as refined and controlled as in her later books Here the very casual conversational style can sometimes veer into rambling which seems to prefer flourishes to coherence She is always a girl very much concerned with style – in language in clothes in dance In this debut she had not yet achieved the point where style becomes substance But this is apparent in only a few of the stories“Eve’s Hollywood” is a collection of short stories some very short one or two pages about her growing up in Hollywood in the 1960s and ‘70s amid artists and musicians her father was a movie studio musician and her godfather was Igor Stravinsky On a personal level there seemed to be a real synchronicity going on for me while I read this book In one story she mentions going to Ojai I was then packing to make my first ever trip to Ojai The week before I had a business appointment in mid city LA was searching for some lunch and stopped in at Papa Christos Greek Market and Deli just because I passed it where I had not been for over 15 years The next day I reach the story “Santa Sofia” wherein Eve tells of her family’s visits to the Greek deli “at Normandie and Pico” Not a Greek enclave as it once was this is now a pretty gritty neighborhood full of severely impoverished Central America immigrants and vicious gangs But the lamb gyros are so worth the risk And I happened to be reading simultaneously “Waiting for the Sun A Rock and Roll History of Los Angeles” by Barney Hoskyns where Eve is uoted throughout having been a part of that scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s A footnote in a chapter about Gram Parsons alerted me to the fact that the story “Rosewood Casket” in “Eve’s Hollywood” was a “pseudo fictional depiction” of the relationship between Gram Parsons and Keith Richards Oh was that what that was about I had to go and read it again“The Choke” was one of my favorite stories Here Eve recounts her impressions as a 13 year old middle class Jewish girl of the mysterious and seemingly glamorous “Pachucos” in her school defined as anyone with a Mexican accent Her fascination with this other culture within her high school so foreign so dangerous had its origins in her love for anything stylish and she found their style irresistible In her innocence she believes their lives are “real” because they carry knives steal fight and get expelled But the real draw was their clothing and The Choke a dance that was “enraged anarchy posed in mythical classicism” and “so abandoned in elegance it made you limp with envy ” Her several paragraph description of the details and nuances of this dance made me hear the music and feel the attitude of these dancers who could conjure up the precision and drama of a bull fight Eve learns about racial discrimination here too when the “washed out” white girls in their cotton circle skirts though vastly inferior would win dance contests ”no matter how obvious it was”“The Polar Palace” is set in the local ice skating rink and is about the first time someone let the teenaged Eve know that it was okay to like what she liked rather than what she was supposed to like I know 50 year olds who still don’t get this concept “The Sheik” is wonderful for its descriptions of the extraordinarily beautiful but dumb girls at Hollywood High who wielded enough power over students and teachers alike to throw things into chaos on a regular basis “There were 20 of them who were unuestionably staggering and another 50 or so who were cause for alarm or would have been in a diluted atmosphere” The beauty as power theme is a lesson learned but not resented It made life interesting and Eve is nothing if not an appreciator of beauty for its own sake There are lovely moments too relating a teenager’s awareness of being in a special time and space during a SoCal summer “ the sea was one long wave to be ridden in our skins were dark and time even stopped now and then and let things shimmer since time too is affected by beauty and will stop sometimes for a moment” I love the rhythms of the last paragraph a great example of Eve’s style that I enjoy so much “Now no one will sit staring into Persia—now when it’s raining The Sheik is extinguished by dark skies and forecasts And now it’s almost Christmas an impatiently suffered imposition tolerated only until the clear hot skies return with shining palms and the beautiful scornful eyes of the new 20 gaze out of the windows of Hollywood High”“The Landmark” refers to two The Landmark Motel where Janis Joplin O’D’d and the church at Olvera Street the premise being if only Janis had gone to Olvera Street that Sunday instead of staying in her room to shoot up There she would have found the world’s best tauitos and Mexican families enjoying a day out “where Catholic mothers dress their daughters to look like the pompoms they put on the cars of the just married couples The little girls could be floated camellias angels” Eve recalls one Easter Sunday when she went “just to bask in the gentle mob and wonder over those angelic little girls four years old dressed in lilac organdy with flowers in their braided hair or mint green silk or pink fluffy ruffles with white lace and their little black patent leather shoes with the straps and white socks How beautiful they are their faces like Fra Filippo Lippi’s and their little gloved hands how completely beautiful “ Claiming that going to Olvera Street reuires a leisurely drive down Sunset Blvd “taking the freeway when you’re on your way to get a tauito for 45 cents is like taking a jet to go visit your cat the texture’s all wrong” she paints a picture of the working class east end of Sunset ambling through the “hills and flowers and the car part places” Yeah Janis should have done that And the story about Rosie the Cat I had to call my mother and read her the whole thing But then we like cats I don’t know if this collection is the best introduction to Eve Babitz for the average novice I like her “Slow Days Fast Company “the best Perhaps start there and come back to this one But anyone with a certain appreciation for Los Angeles past or present could find much to enjoy here