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Slow Days, Fast Company (New York Review Books Classics): The World, the Flesh, and L.A.

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Babitz was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Mae, an artist, and Sol Babitz, a classical violinist on contract with 20th Century Fox. [1] Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother had Cajun (French) ancestry. [2] Babitz's parents were friends with the composer Igor Stravinsky, who was her godfather. [3] She attended Hollywood High School. [4] :39–40 Career [ edit ]

In 2022, the Huntington Library in California announced that it had acquired Babitz's personal archive, which includes drafts, journals, photographs, and letters spanning 1943 to 2011. [27] Published works [ edit ] Fiction [ edit ] The weather never normally bothers me when reading a book, but reading these stories never have I felt the need for a warm orangey pink & purple sunset more than now - I can't stand this pissing wind and rain!Eve Babitz". Counterpoint Press. January 25, 2017. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021 . Retrieved April 21, 2021.

Two by Two: Tango, Two-step, and the L.A. Night (1999). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0684833921 OCLC 41641459 Definitely my favorite aspect of the book was Babitz's writing style. Not only was she hilarious with her witty remarks, which were often found in parentheses, but it was also atmospheric and inviting in the way it described the glamor of LA and all its inhabitants. I particularly liked how she characterizes LA through little vignettes of places like the Emerald Bay or Bakersfield and zooms in to show how life manifests itself differently in those settings. Also, I must mention how almost each essay is dedicated to a certain person and I just love seeing this little personal insight and wondering what she might mean. It adds to her mystique in my opinion and the fact that she chose each essay specifically for one person to experience makes me ponder why those exact essays.Reading Eve Babitz is like being out on the warm open road at sundown, with what she called, in another book, '4/60 air conditioning' — that is, going 60 miles per hour with all four windows down. You can feel the wind in your hair. The episodes in Eve’s Hollywood are sometimes only a few paragraphs long, with titles like “Daughters of the Wasteland,” “Ingenues, Thunderbird Girls and the Neighborhood Belle: a Confusing Tragedy,” and “And West (né Weinstein) Is East Too.” Throughout, Babitz is bitingly self-aware, the perfect faux naïf. In Slow Days, the follow-up to Hollywood, she responds to the new varieties of attention her writing got her: In these ten cajoling tales, Los Angeles is the patient, the heroine, hero, victim, and aggressor: the tales a marvel of free-form madness. Like Renata Adler, Eve Babitz has fact, never telling too much”— Vogue

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