Journalist, party girl, bookworm, artist, muse: by the time shead hit thirty, Eve Babitz had played all of these roles. Immortalized as the nude beauty facing down Duchamp and as one of Ed Ruschaas Five 1965 Girlfriends, Babitzas first book showed her to be a razor-sharp writer with tales of her own. Eveas Hollywood is an album of vivid snapshots of Southern Californiaas haute bohemians, of outrageously beautiful high-school ingenues and enviably tattooed Chicanas, of rock stars sleeping it off at the Chateau Marmont. And though Babitzas prose might appear careening, sheas in control as she takes us on a ride through an LA of perpetual delight, from a joint serving the perfect taquito, to the corner of La Brea and Sunset where we make eye contact with a roller-skating hooker, to the Watts Towers. This adaughter of the wastelanda 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 windsaand every bit as seductive as she is.Journalist, party girl, bookworm, artist, muse: by the time shead hit thirty, Eve Babitz had played all of these roles.
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