Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA.The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp She was naked he was not The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety There were the album covers she designed for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds, to name but a few There were the men she seduced Jim Morrison, Ed Ruscha, Harrison Ford, to name but a very few.Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered as a writer by Joan Didion She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals Under known and under read during her career, she s since experienced a breakthrough Now in her mid seventies, she s on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential as the essential LA writer Her prose achieves that American ideal art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so sheerly enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment.For Babitz, life was slow days, fast company until a freak fire in the 90s turned her into a recluse, living in a condo in West Hollywood, where Lili Anolik tracked her down in 2012 Anolik s elegant and provocative new book is equal parts biography and detective story It is also on dangerously intimate terms with its subject artist, writer, muse, and one woman zeitgeist, Eve Babitz. New Read [ Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. ] Author [ Lili Anolik ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk
Lili Anolik is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair Her work has also appeared in Harper s, Esquire, and The Believer, among other publications Her book, Hollywood s Eve Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A., will be published by Scribner in January 2019.
- 288 pages
- Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.
- Lili Anolik
- 27 September 2018 Lili Anolik