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Black Swans: Stories

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LARB publishes daily without a paywall as part of our mission to make rigorous, incisive, and engaging writing on every aspect of literature, culture, and the arts freely accessible to the public. and her wisecracking, ain't-it-the-truth-honey voice is just about perfect in illuminating the fact.

The rediscovery of the fiction and essays of 1970's Hollywood It Girl Eve Babitz has been a literary joy, and as her backlist has been slowly re-released it's fun to savor each and every morsel. By then, Babitz’s tidal pull—sumptuous prose organized into vignettes of hedonism without the weight of moral consequence—had lassoed the attention of bookish women, and, seemingly, everyone else too .

Older and somewhat wiser than when she first met readers between the pages of Eve’s Hollywood in 1974, Babitz here probes the causes and consequences of why the ’60s and ’70s were so thoroughly debauched. The New York Times Book ReviewA new reissue of Babitzs collection of nine stories that look back on the 1980s and early 1990sdecades of dreams, drink, and glimpses of a changing world. I had this constant feeling like Babitz was this older and wiser sister, teaching and revealing me the amazing secrets of life.

Eve Babitz is the author of several books of fiction, including Sex and Rage , Eve’s Hollywood , and Slow Days, Fast Company . First published in 1979 and now back in print with Counterpoint, California queen Eve Babitz's Sex and Rage is a witty, unconventional coming-of-age story of surprising depth and pleasure . 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 we followed a character that went about his or her daily business without a deflection of any kind we wouldn’t muster much narrative tension or impetus but when we lift that character out of certainty, introduce a glitch, a challenge to the status quo, then we assert enough pressure on them to reveal something insightful to the reader.

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. By then, Babitz's tidal pull--sumptuous prose organized into vignettes of hedonism without the weight of moral consequence--had lassoed the attention of bookish women, and, seemingly, everyone else too . The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. as dispensed as Babitz's people try to be, they never are far from their fears and insecurities--and her wisecracking, ain't-it-the-truth-honey voice is just about perfect in illuminating the fact.

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