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Black Swans: Stories

Black Swans: Stories

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but eve babitz is just so witty and i always have a great time reading about all the things she got up to back in the day. A., but it really takes one to know one, and Babitz, (the wise Hollywood High grad), is sly, wry and sometimes surprisingly vulnerable.

There is the story of falling in love with tango, the emotions brought forth as a result of seeing the dance, and then dancing herself. Babitz is the person who told Steve Martin to put on a white suit, and who told Jim Morrison that "The Doors of Perception" was too pretentious a name for a band and had to be shortened. A Paris resident during both the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the November 2015 attacks, I found myself employing my own self-focused framing of the event when asked about the situation: where I was during the shootings, how did it impact me and the people I personally know?So pick this up if you want to feel the same kind of smooth wistfulness you would when flipping through faded vintage black and white photos of strangers at a soirée. Counterpoint has just republished Sex and Rage, which seems a wise move as the story still feels modern . I was mildly interested to learn about the 80s but the stories kept dragging into Eve's unenthusiastic dating life and her nonchalant attitude towards everything. Her wholesale embrace of what is lovely and dangerous and absurd about Los Angeles appeals to contemporary readers.

While her light take is undeniably frustrating, this self-centered framing is human, and uncomfortably relatable. Reading Black Swans made me feel like I was listening to a friend tell me stories about what they got up to throughout different stages of their life. Since values, for Babitz, are seemingly no more than attitudes, she has no basis (and evidently no stomach) for even the gentlest satire, contenting herself instead mostly with flakiness and fun, despite her attempts to confront AIDS in one story ('Free Tibet') and the L. Though it's hard to compare anything to the sheer burst of joy and exuberance that was EVE'S HOLLYWOOD, BLACK SWANS is a close second place.If anything her abilities only sharpened, her ways of linking certain self-obsessions with the wider world growing exponentially. She has had a fascinating life so far, living in LA through some interesting times and her life story would no doubt be one deemed too extravagent to be real.

was sent from his native Holland to Australia to look for survivors of a ship thought to have been wrecked on the continent’s west coast. EVE BABITZ WAS born in 1943, the eldest daughter of bohemian intellectuals before that label was considered positive social currency. For example, a woman racked with remorse for an affair she had years ago, finds an earring in her husband’s sock drawer. It restricts their polemical efficacy and narrows their scope but takes away the awkward tinge that other fiction so dedicated to making a point can have.I recommend reading the book through this lens, and I often found myself wondering if she wrote it that way - it’s biographical fiction, after all. Babitz’s inimitable voice propels these stories forward, corralling everything that gets in their way: sex, rage, the Chateau Marmont, youth, beauty, Jim Morrison, men, women, and black swans.



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