Hollywood's Eve by Lili Anolik

Hollywood's Eve

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 ...

Details Hollywood's Eve

TitleHollywood's Eve
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir, History

Reviews Hollywood's Eve

  • Tammy
    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.
  • Eleanore
    "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. E...
  • Britta Böhler
    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.
  • Emma Kearney
    For all my feminism and constant work to undo internalized misogyny, I still struggle with unlikable women. Perhaps more than anything, I want to be likable. And I love to dole out compliments to my female friends that are overblown, commenting on their kindness and sweetness. Eve Babitz is not likable, but she is a genius. Practicing sitting with her is a helpful, if uncomfortable exercise. Babitz is like Lana del Rey (also a genius), but it isn...
  • Meg
    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. The more I read about her from the people I followed, the more I 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....
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Guys, this book! It’s sex and art and celebrity before it was tainted by the internet. It’s 60’s and 70’s Hollywood. Names you know (Harrison Ford makes sense to me now) and names you won’t (but wished you could have partied with). Eve Babitz is Joan Didion but with grit and a beating heart and a DGAF attitude. Recommend
  • Don
    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 liz...
  • Y (Bookiful.life)
    This was written by a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, who became obsessed with Babitz sometime before 2012. She became so fascinated with Babitz that she ended up doing a bunch of research on her and writing a featured article for Vanity Fair in 2014, which is what prompted the reissuing of Babitz's work two years later by NYRB.In this book, Anolik adds on more info on Babitz, and though I am grateful for ANY new info on Babitz, none really f...
  • Kevin
    Before she became an artist and author ("Slow Days, Fast Company"), Eve Babitz was a party girl par excellence. Carousing with artists, actors and musicians came naturally to her: Eve's mother was an artist; her father was a movie musician; and her godfather was composer Igor Stravinsky. In 1963, when she was 20, she gained notoriety when for an art exhibit she posed for a nude photograph playing chess with artist Marcel Duchamp. She was sexually...
  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    Lili Anolik gives us what we have been missing regarding the life of Eve Babitz, along with a bonus glimpse into L.A. during one of its most glamorous time periods, the 60's. I loved every bit of this, she painted perfectly the setting, and the format was ideal to convey Eve's history, first as a 'groupie' and then later on as a writer. I did not know who she was prior to reading this book, but by the end, I understood why the author was so enamo...
  • Matthew Wilder
    Breezy and exhilarating critical biography cum first person stream of consciousness on the forgotten and remembered doyenne of counterculture Hollywood.
  • Jennifer
    I can’t even with this book. Babitz is what Didion doesn’t allow herself to be and she is better for it. There I said it. So many more thoughts but they are better suited for Tumblr and all caps texting to friends.
  • Cassie
    Thank you Scribner for sending me a free copy of this fascinating chronicle of Eve Babitz’s life and Los Angeles in the 1960s/1970s. It publishes next week on the 8th!I had a debacle when deciding to read this one: I have two Eve books on my shelf, Black Swans and LA Woman, that I haven’t read yet. In fact, I haven’t read any of Eve’s work, though I’ve been meaning to. Instead of reading her books first, I decided to pick this up, feeli...
  • Bob
    Anolik would probably be delighted to learn that I read all of Babitz' books, pretty much as they came out, beginning with Slow Days, Fast Company (it had been remaindered at the bookstore where I worked and I was seduced by the cartoon dog on the cover -- a Saluki, as she points out, and not a Dachshund as I had thought.) I thought her voice was one of the most remarkable I had ever read, and the stories stayed with me, particularly "Dodger Stad...
  • Kate
    "Culturally, L.A. has always been a humid jungle alive with seething L.A. projects that I guess people from other places just can't see. It takes a certain kind of innocence to like L.A., anyway. It requires a certain plain happiness inside to be happy in L.A., to choose it and be happy here. When people are not happy, they fight against L.A. and say it's a "wasteland" and other helpful descriptions." ~Eve Babitz•This was a facinating account o...
  • Nancy Gates
    Hollywood's Eve, the new bio of Eve Babitz by Lili Anolik. So blessed in the beginning: Eve was the IT girl of '60s and '70s LA. Her dad was a studio musician, her godfather was Stravinsky, she was gorgeous and, as she often boasts "stacked". Her initial claim to fame was posing nude with Marcel DuChamp as they played chess. Eve also turned out to be a brilliant observer and a snarky, zesty essayist. Her books Eve's Hollywood and Slow Days, Fast ...
  • A
    There was a time (the 70s?) when I became aware that writing began to sound like talking. It did not have the reconsidering what was written. It was informal. Sometimes it sounded like gossip. Eve Babitz's writing did not sound like she had just said something out loud. Although it might have had a stream-of-consciousness feel, she was in complete control. It was gossipy, yet there was something that set it apart from gossip.This biography and pa...
  • Allison Floyd
    This is a fun, smart read, if you can grit your teeth through the author's love affair with her own cleverness. Don't get me wrong—clever she is, and good things to say, she has. And a worthy subject, certainly. But there are times when it gets to be a bit much (see: "The novel is dead. Long live the novel."). I just about forgave her, though, when I arrived at the Eve Babitz vs. Carrie Bradshaw breakdown (p. 259-60). No regrets here! Now pass ...
  • Spiros
    A nice chronicle of the author's obsession with the amazing Eve Babitz, an obsession which I feel all right thinking people ought to share; it sheds occasional, strobe-like light on Eve herself. I hadn't, for example, known that Eve went straight from rehab to living with Warren Zevon, which seems like just about the most counter-productive situation possible. Altogether, an entertaining and valuable supplement to Eve's work.
  • Gina
    I liked this because I love Babitz's work, and I love a dishy, gushy biography too. There's much here that I also didn't care for (Anolik is at her best when she's following a story or series of them rather than analyzing or theorizing), though I appreciated the way this book openly embraced being a an out-and-out fan as a position from which to write. If you enjoy Babitz, Jean Stein's oral histories, Pamela Des Barres' memoirs etc you will defin...
  • Susan Tryforos
    I will admit that I'd never heard of Eve Babitz before picking up this book at the library. It looked like an interesting insight into the 1960s Los Angeles scene; the writing style is breezy and fast-paced and there are enough famous names dropped throughout to keep it interesting (mostly). But, I just don't get why the author is so fangirling her subject. To me it is a sad story about a woman who pissed away her talent and who is not a particul...
  • Janelle Samuel
    Listened to the audiobook via Scribd. Eve Babitz is Joan Didion’s less reserved, less political, crazy-sexy shadow self. This was a story beautifully told about a woman who we are only discovering now, many years after her glory ones. Her stories are wild and seasoned with an irresistible, incandescent madness- a life lived fast and furious and rough.
  • Robert
    Compulsively readable but empty, this is a gushy fan-girl rehash of the life and work (if by "life and work" you mostly mean name-dropping and gossip) of a minor figure more known by the company she kept than by her small shelf of books.
  • Amelia
    Everyone close to Eve (and still living), including Eve herself, participated in the writing of this book and is quoted frequently and at length. For that reason, and that reason only, it's worth reading.
  • Alex
    The way this book was written made me feel like I was the only sober person at a party where everyone else had helped themselves to silver bowls filled with cocaine. Dizzying to the point where it almost wasn't worth finishing.
  • Daniella
    Captivating woman who knew a young harrison ford *swoons*
  • John
    Three stars for creative prose, but ultimately I don't care for this Kerouac-like, stream-of-consciousness style. But Babitz sounds And I wasn't entirely impressed with Ms. Babitz herself