Possessing skin that radiated “its own kind of moral laws, ” spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and ’70s. In the end it doesn’t matter if Babitz ever gets the guy—she seduces us.
Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. New York Review Books Classics #ad - And she even leaves la now and then, a day among the grape pickers of the Central Valley, spending an afternoon at the house of flawless Orange County suburbanites, a weekend in Palm Springs where her dreams of romance fizzle and her only solace is Virginia Woolf. Slow days, fast company is a full-fledged and full-bodied evocation of a bygone Southern California that far exceeds its mash-note premise.
One man proved elusive, and so Babitz did what she did best, however, she wrote him a book.
Eve's Hollywood New York Review Book ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - A legendary love letter to los angeles by the city's most charming daughter, surfers in Santa Monica, and Eve's own beloved cat, complete with portraits of rock stars at Chateau Marmont, prostitutes on sunset, Rosie. Journalist, bookworm, party girl, muse: by the time she’d hit thirty, artist, Eve Babitz had played all of these roles.
. And though babitz’s prose might appear careening, to the corner of la Brea and Sunset where we make eye contact with a roller-skating hooker, she’s in control as she takes us on a ride through an LA of perpetual delight, from a joint serving the perfect taquito, to the Watts Towers. 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 New York Review Book Classics #ad - Eve’s hollywood is an album of vivid snapshots of 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. 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 earthquakes and the Santa Ana winds—and every bit as seductive as she is.
I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Whether profiling hollywood darlings, los angeles, remembering friends and lovers from her days hobnobbing with rock stars at the Troubadour and art stars at the Ferus Gallery, getting to the bottom of health crazes like yoga and acupuncture, misunderstood hometown, or writing about her beloved, Babitz approaches every assignment with an energy and verve that is all her own.
I used to be charming gathers nearly fifty pieces written between 1975 and 1997, including the full text of Babitz’s wry book-length investigation into the pioneering lifestyle brand Fiorucci. Previously uncollected nonfiction pieces by Hollywood's ultimate It Girl about everything from fashion to tango to Jim Morrison and Nicholas Cage.
I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz New York Review Books Classics #ad - With eve’s hollywood Eve Babitz lit up the scene in 1974. The title essay, published here for the first time, recounts the accident that came close to killing her in 1996; it reveals an uncharacteristically vulnerable yet never less than utterly charming Babitz. What is less well known is that babitz was a working journalist for the better part of three decades, writing for the likes of Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Esquire, as well as for off-the-beaten-path periodicals like Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing and Francis Ford Coppola’s short-lived City.
The books that followed, fast company and Sex and Rage, among them Slow Days, have seduced generations of readers with their unfailing wit and impossible glamour.
Sex and Rage: A NovelCounterpoint #ad - Jacaranda moves beyond the tango of sex and rage into the open challenge of a defined and more fulfilling expressive life. Sex and rage delights in its sensuous, dreamlike narrative and its spontaneous embrace of fate, and work, and of certain meetings and chances. We first meet Jacaranda in Los Angeles.
Babitz’s talent for the brilliant line, honed to a point, never interferes with her feel for languid pleasures. The new york times book reviewthe popular rediscovery of eve Babitz continues with this very special reissue of her novel, originally published in 1979, about a dreamy young girl moving between the planets of Los Angeles and New York City.
She’s a beach bum, a part-time painter of surfboards, sun-kissed and beautiful. Yet she lacks a purpose—so at twenty-eight, jobless, she moves to New York to start a new life and career, eager to make it big in the world of New York City. National bestselleran npr best book of 2017a bellatrist book club pick for july 2017the paris review staff pick1 of 12 great new books to bring to the beach this Summer The Huffington Post1 of 9 Books to Read This Summer W and Elle1 of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now O Magazine1 of 6 Smarter—But Not Quite Guilt-Free—Beach Reads VICE"This novel is studded with sharp observations.
Sex and Rage: A Novel #ad - . Sex and rage further solidifies Eve Babitz's place as a singularly important voice in Los Angeles literature—haunting, alluring, and alive. Jacaranda has an on-again, off-again relationship with a married man and glitters among the city’s pretty creatures, blithely drinking White Ladies with any number of tycoons, unattached and unworried in the pleasurable mania of California.
Black Swans: StoriesCounterpoint #ad - Black swans further celebrates the phenomenon of Eve Babitz, cementing her reputation as the voice of a generation. Babitz’s talent for the brilliant line, honed to a point, never interferes with her feel for languid pleasures. The new york times book review a new reissue of babitz’s collection of nine stories that look back on the 1980s and early 1990s—decades of dreams, drink, and glimpses of a changing world.
In it purest, most idealized form. Vanity fair"babitz's writing is also like the jacaranda tree in glorious bloom—bewitching an entire city, but all too brief. Los angeles Review of Books. With an introduction by Stephanie Danler, bestselling author of Sweetbitter. On the page, babitz is pure pleasure—a perpetual-motion machine of no-stakes elation and champagne fizz.
Black Swans: Stories #ad - The new yorker"A true original. The boston globe"She’s a natural. Or gives every appearance of being one, bright, her writing elevated yet slangy, bouncy, cheerfully hedonistic—L. A.
Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.Scribner #ad - Now in her mid-seventies, she’s on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential—as the essential—LA writer. There were the men she seduced: Jim Morrison, Ed Ruscha, Harrison Ford, to name but a very few. Under-known and under-read during her career, she’s since experienced a breakthrough.
Then, her it girl days numbered, at nearly thirty, Babitz was discovered—as a writer—by Joan Didion. Her prose achieves that american ideal: art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so simply enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment. For babitz, life was slow days, living in a condo in West Hollywood, fast company until a freak fire turned her into a recluse, where author Lili Anolik tracked her down in 2012.
Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. #ad - Hollywood’s eve, equal parts biography and detective story “brings a ludicrously glamorous scene back to life, adding a few shadows along the way” Vogue and “sends you racing to read the work of Eve Babitz” The New York Times. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals.
. Eve babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA, ruptures, and Vanity Fair writer “Lili Anolik decodes, and ultimately intensifies Eve’s singular irresistible glitz” The New Yorker. The goddaughter of igor stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, at age twenty, Eve Babitz posed in 1963, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp.
Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety.
L.A.WOMANSimon & Schuster #ad - Sophie and lola, like the many other women who move in and out of this electric saga know that while L. A. Soon to be a tv show on hulu eve babitz is a writer like no other—she “is to prose what Chet Baker is to jazz” Vanity Fair—and she has influenced a generation of writers and readers with her sophisticated, witty, and delightful work.
And lola, a german immigrant who settles in hollywood in the twenties to drive Pierce Arrows recklessly down Sunset Boulevard and who knows that Maybelline mascara cakes and Rudolph Valentino are the essence of life. L. A. Woman is quintessential babitz, the story of Sophie, a twenty-something blonde Jim Morrison groupie gliding through a golden existence in L.
L.A.WOMAN #ad - A. Is constantly changing it is essentially eternal; through their eyes we see the mixture of high culture and low, the promises of youth and the fulfillment of nostalgia, the pink sunsets and the palm trees that are L. A. And through this fantastic tale, Babitz shares what it is to be a woman in what she convinces us is the capital of civilization.
Mrs. BridgeCounterpoint #ad - What writing! Economical, piquant, beautiful, true. Meg wolitzer, the New York TimesIn Mrs. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. Again and again. The novel is comprised of vignettes, events—all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, boredom, images, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, isolation, misunderstandings, sexual longing, fragments of conversations, and terminal isolation.
Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike as one of the greatest novels in American literature. In this special fiftieth anniversary edition, we are reminded once again why Mrs. Bridge evangelist, telling them that it’s a perfect novel, and then pressing copies on them. I find myself being a Mrs.
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Two by Two: Tango, Two-Step, and the L.A. NightSimon & Schuster #ad - A simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & schuster has a great book for every reader.
Play It as It Lays: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Her daughter, kate, was born with an “aberrant chemical in her brain. Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. . A “scathing novel” of one woman’s path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album The Washington Post Book World.
Told with profound economy of style and a “vision as bleak and precise as Eliot’s in ‘The Wasteland’, ” Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream The New York Times. Spare, and terrifying, elegant, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.
Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out “somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped. But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.
Play It as It Lays: A Novel #ad - Raised in the ghost town of silver wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang. It is a searing masterpiece “from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe” Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review.
But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life.
Country Girl: A MemoirLittle, Brown and Company #ad - There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Country girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, emotions, people, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime. Country girl is edna o'brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life.
National public radio when edna o'brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century.
Country Girl: A Memoir #ad - Starting with o'brien's birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, and encounters with Hollywood giants, divorce, her story moves through convent school to elopement, single-motherhood, the wild parties of the '60s in London, pop stars, and literary titans. Country girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation.