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Eve's Hollywood (New York Review Books Classics)

Journalist, social gathering woman, bookworm, artist, muse: by the point she’d hit thirty, Eve Babitz had performed all of those roles. Immortalized because the nude good looks dealing with down Duchamp and as one among Ed Ruscha’s Five 1965 Girlfriends, Babitz’s first publication confirmed her to be a razor-sharp author with stories of her personal. Eve’s Hollywood is an album of  bright snapshots of Southern California’s haute bohemians, of outrageously appealing high-school ingenues and enviably tattooed Chicanas, of rock stars snoozing it off on the Chateau Marmont. And even though Babitz’s prose may possibly look careening, she’s on top of things as she takes us on a trip via an los angeles of perpetual pride, from a joint serving the correct taquito, to the nook of l. a. Brea and sundown the place we make eye touch with a roller-skating hooker, to the Watts Towers. This “daughter of the barren region” is right here to teach us that her urban isn't any wilderness in any respect yet a gleaming panorama of swaying fruit timber and blooming bougainvillea, buffeted through earthquakes and the Santa Ana winds—and every piece as seductive as she is. 

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