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Black Swans: Stories

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Babitz's talent for the brilliant line, honed to a point, never interferes with her feel for languid pleasures.

This collection is the last anthology of Babitz's stories to be published, (1993), and is my favorite. The Tibet piece perfectly captured the cluelessness that first met the advent of AIDS, and "Black Swans" is an exquisitely modulated and restrained recounting of how the struggle between men and women can guarantee everyone's unhappiness. Black Swans further celebrates the phenomenon of Eve Babitz, cementing her reputation as the voice of a generation. I don’t know why it’s categorised as fictional short stories when they are memoir essays; I’m guessing it’s to avoid legal issues since she references real people. A new edition of Babitz's 1993 story collection, Black Swans, is out, full of glitzy, tipsy portraits of Los Angeles.

The lack of a partner does not assume solitude, but Babitz links much of her ennui to the delicate tightrope walk of pleasing the moody, demanding men on whom she sets her sights. The fictional Eve looks back on her actions, of the drug use, of getting clean, of sexual freedom and past relationships, assessing where she is at certain points in her life. The first is Eve Babitz, whose memoirs Eve's Hollywood and Slow Days, Fast Company I could hardly admire more. In the meantime, celebrate the magnificence of this penultimate collection of "stories" (more like "essays" or "autobiographical sketches with the names changed," not that it matters much). A new reissue of Babitz's collection of nine stories that look back on the 1980s and early 1990s-decades of dreams, drink, and glimpses of a changing world.

I really hate giving bad reviews and try to find something good about most books but I could not get into this book at all. She thrives on that and transforms it into beauty, into experience, into learning, into literature, into art. Equally good, if somewhat labored (Babitz's chief stylistic flaw is repetitiousness), is a pair of pieces about learning to tango, being swept up in the dance's 'fearless wrongness': funny, philosophical.eve gave us 9 amazing stories about her life (and others), each one being so exciting and interesting, her being shameless was just everything. wherein the clashes of reality and desire can lead to spectacular and terrifying confrontations with the chasm that divides them.

While her light take is undeniably frustrating, this self-centered framing is human, and uncomfortably relatable.These three criteria mirror closely the ingredients that a story moves through – conflict (surprise), deflection (impact) and resolution. and Esquire , and in the late 1960s, she designed album covers for the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Linda Ronstadt. EVE BABITZ is the author of several books of fiction, including Sex and Rage, Eve’s Hollywood, and Slow Days, Fast Company.

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