Hollywood’s Eve by Lili Anolik
What’s it about?
This is a biography of Eve Babitz- although it reads more like a love letter. Babitz was a fixture on the L.A. social scene in the 1960’s and 70’s. She eventually becomes a writer whose work has recently been re-discovered.
What did it make me think?
What an interesting time period to be in L.A. I wish I was more interested in Eve Babitz...
Should I read it?
I very easily could have put this book down, but I was on a long flight so I read it all. For me it was just frenetic. Lots and lots of name dropping but no cohesive story. For example, “In 1962, Hopps left Ferus in the hands of partner Irving Blum in order to accept the position of director of the Pasadena Art Museum. His September show, New Paintings of Common Objects, featuring Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Andy Warhol ,among others, was the first pop-art exhibition in the U.S., bearing out New York, still under the sway of the abstract expressionists, by nearly six months.” Lots of events and people sited, especially in the first half of the book. Even after finishing the book I never got a grasp of who Eve really was, or found her very compelling.
“To be Eve Babitz is a daunting prospect even if you happen to be Babitz. On the other hand, though, her humanness is a quality I’ve taken largely on faith. Meaning intellectually I know she’s human, while emotionally I know no such thing”
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