Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.




      Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.
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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.
  • Lili Anolik
  • English
  • 27 September 2018
  • 1501125796

10 thoughts on “ Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.

  1. Julie says:

    Hollywood s Eve Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A by Lili Anolik is a 2019 Scribner publication I read a lot of rock biographies, love pop culture, and know a fair amount of trivia from the sixties and seventies, but I don t recall hearing about Eve Babitz Seeing this book advertised, I was curious enough to do a Google search, which had me jumping down my own rabbit hole, much the same way Lili Anolik must have However, Anolik took a fascination and turned it into a minor obsession Hollywood s Eve Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A by Lili Anolik is a 2019 Scribner publication I read a lot of rock biographies, love pop culture, and know a fair amount of trivia from the sixties and seventies, but I don t recall hearing about Eve Babitz Seeing this book advertised, I was curious enough to do a Google search, which had me jumping down my own rabbit hole, much the same way Lili Anolik must have However, Anolik took a fascination and turned it into a minor obsession Her research, and ultimately her interviews, with Babtiz led to an article about Eve, which was published in Vanity Fair magazine in 2014 This seemed to spawn a renewed interest in Eve, prompting the re issue of her novels I m certainly interested in seeing what all the fuss is about and am happy to have found her books ...

  2. Michelle says:

    In 2012, after several unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the reclusive Eve Babitz, who was living forgotten in obscurity in her West Hollywood condo biographer Lili Anolik was finally rewarded for her persistence and began meeting Babitz for occasional lunch dates Hollywood s Eve Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A 2019 recalls the life and times of Eve Babitz 1943 and the story of Anolik s passion and fascination for her subject Since Anolik lived in New York, a great a In 2012, after several unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the reclusive Eve Babitz, who was living forgotten in obscurity in her West Hollywood condo biographer Lili Anolik...

  3. Tammy says:

    This is an expanded version of Anolik s Vanity Fair article There is a good bit of information about the author s pursuit of Babitz and some interesting observations about Joan Didion It s a solid biography if you haven t read the article If you have read it there isn t much that is new.

  4. Scott says:

    You ve heard of people marching to the sound of their own drum Well, she s got a whole fife and bugle corpsline of dialogue spoken by actress singer Julie London in the 70 sArtist Author Shameless hedonist Friend of celebrities The ultimate It Girl from sunny So Cal.Eve Babitz was living a reclusive secluded life in Hollywood, of all places , mostly forgotten about by the American public until seven years ago when she was the subject of a Vanity Fair article by journalist LiliYou v...

  5. Eleanore says:

    On the one hand, how great, new fans for Eve, and who cares if they were fans for the wrong reasons, and is there such a thing as a wrong reason, and bless their ingenuous little hearts in any case On the other hand, though, Jesus fucking Christ And as they talked, I d nod and make appropriate remarks, all the while internally sighing and muttering sarcastic comments to myself Because unh uh, because give me a break, because absolutely not Eve is nothing like Darren Star s heroine, a tough On the one hand, how great, new fans for Eve, and who cares if they were fans for the wrong reasons, and is there such a thing as a wrong reason, and bless their ingenuous little hearts in any case On the other hand, though, Jesus fucking Christ And as...

  6. Britta Böhler says:

    More fan nonfiction than a biography, but I found the mix of the author s personal point of view, interviews and biographical snippets very fitting for the subject in question, and also a highly enjoyable read.

  7. Don says:

    This is a terrible book It is about half gushing over over babitz and her at best mediocre writings as if they were creative gems and blistering the overrated Joan Didion, particularly for her Play It As It Lays She praises bibitz beauty, especially when she was young, but the photos of Babitz belie that praise Babitz was a Hollywood groupie who had sex with many notables, including the overrated Jim morrison and dozens of hollywood lounge lizards Anolik writes partial sentences in some case This is a terrible book It is about half gushing over over babitz and her at best mediocre writings as if they were creative gems and blistering the overrated Joan Didion, particularly for her Play It As It Lays She praises bibitz beauty, especially when she was young, but the photos of Babitz belie that praise Babitz was a Hollywood groupie who had sex with many notables, including the overrated Jim morrison and dozens of hollywood lounge lizards Anolik writes partial sentences in some cases and long, convoluted difficult to follow sentences elsewhere She is a sloppy wri...

  8. Meg (fairy.bookmother) says:

    WELL I READ THAT IN A SITTING.It seems like two summers ago, everyone on Bookstagram and on book Twitter was talking about Eve Babitz TheI read about her from the people I followed, theI wanted to know who she was through her writing I purchased Sex Rage in the fall of 2017 and, shamefully, still haven t read it , and I bought Eve s Hollywood this past fall at Strand Bookstore in New York City while I was there visiting a friend I read Eve s Hollywood from the end of Novemb WELL I READ THAT IN A SITTING.It seems like two summers ago, everyone on Bookstagram and on book Twitter was talking about Eve Babitz TheI read about her from the people I followed, theI wanted to know who she was through her writing I purchased Sex Rage in the fall of 2017 and, shamefully, still haven t read it , and I bought Eve s Hollywood this past fall at Strand Bookstore in New York City while I was there visiting a friend I read Eve s Hollywood from the end of...

  9. Bree Hill says:

    I can t remember the last time, if there ever was a time that I ve read a biography and if this is in deed my first, I m glad it was.I ve never read anything by Eve Babitz Shamefully, Sex and Rage has been sitting unread on my shelf for about 7 months, but this biography was such a joy to listen to that I want to binge as much as I can by her now.Listening to this on audio transported me to the late 60s and 70s Hollywood. a time and place I d lovefiction and nonfiction stories set in I I can t remember the last time, if there ever was a time that I ve re...

  10. Heather says:

    I decided to find out who Eve Babitz was So I bought some of her writings and this bio Her world is not my cup of tea All the talk about being a groupie and having large breasts depressed me I didn t find it amusing or witty Just painfully pass.

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