Sex and Rage #2020

[Sex and Rage] >> Eve Babitz The popular rediscovery of Eve Babitz continues with this very special reissue of her novel, originally published in 1979, about a dreamy young girl moving between the planets of Los Angeles and New York City.We first meet Jacaranda in Los Angeles, a beach bum, part time painter of surfboards, sun kissed and beautiful, semi involved with a married man, glittering among theThe popular rediscovery of Eve Babitz continues with this very special reissue of her novel, originally published in 1979, about a dreamy young girl moving between the planets of Los Angeles and New York City.We first meet Jacaranda in Los Angeles, a beach bum, part time painter of surfboards, sun kissed and beautiful, semi involved with a married man, glittering among the pretty creatures, blithely drinking Pink Ladies with any number of tycoons, unattached and unworried in the pleasurable mania of California We follow her as she rises from the mists to the discovery that she s twenty eight, jobless, with no sense of purpose that her wild friendships with Gilbert and Max and Etienne might not be as real as they seem So she pries herself away from this immensely seductive place and moves to New York, to seriousness and work, to meet the agents of her new world.Sex and Rage delights in its starry, sensuous, dreamlike narrative and its spontaneous embrace of fate, and work, and of certain meetings and chances We witness Jacaranda moving beyond the tango of sex and rage into the open challenge of a defined and fulfilling expressive life Sex and Rage further solidifies Eve Babitz s place as a singularly important voice in Los Angeles literature haunting, alluring, and alive.
Sex and Rage The popular rediscovery of Eve Babitz continues with this very special reissue of her novel originally published in about a dreamy young girl moving between the planets of Los Angeles and New Y

  • Title: Sex and Rage
  • Author: Eve Babitz
  • ISBN: 9781619029354
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sex and Rage Author: Eve Babitz

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    About the Author

    Eve Babitz

    Babitz was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Mae, an artist, and Sol, a classical violinist on contract with 20th Century Fox.Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother had Cajun French ancestry.Babitz s parents were friends with the composer Igor Stravinsky, who was her godfather.In 1963, her first brush with notoriety came through Julian Wasser s iconic photograph of a nude, twenty year old Babitz playing chess with the artist Marcel Duchamp, on the occasion of his landmark retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum The show was curated by Walter Hopps, with whom Babitz was having an affair at the time The photograph is described by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art as being among the key documentary images of American modern art.Because of her ideas about sexuality, both in writing and life, much of the press over the years has emphasized her various romantic associations with famous men, including singer poet Jim Morrison, artists and brothers Ed Ruscha and Paul Ruscha, and Hopps, amongst others Babitz appears in Ed Ruscha s artist book Five 1965 Girlfriends Eve Babitz had affairs with comedian writer Steve Martin, actor Harrison Ford, and writer Dan Wakefield, among others She has been compared favorably with Edie Sedgwick, the protegee of Andy Warhol at The Factory in New York City.Eve Babitz began her independent career as an artist, working in the music industry for Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records, making album covers In the late 1960s, she designed album covers for Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield Her most famous cover was a collage for the 1967 album Buffalo Springfield Again.Her articles and short stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire magazines She is the author of several books including Eve s Hollywood Slow Days, Fast Company Sex and Rage Two By Two and L.A Woman Transitioning to her particular blend of fiction and memoir beginning with Eve s Hollywood, Babitz s writing of this period is indelibly marked by the cultural scene of Los Angeles during that time, with numerous references and interactions to the artists, musicians, writers, actors, and sundry other iconic figures that made up the scene in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.In 1997, Babitz was severely injured when ash from a cigar she was smoking ignited her skirt, causing life threatening third degree burns over half her body Because she had no health insurance, friends and family organized a fund raising auction to pay her medical bills Friends and former lovers donated cash and artworks to help pay for her long recovery Babitz became somewhat reclusive after this incident, but was still willing to be interviewed on occasion.

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    • Kate Olson said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      THIS BOOK I m thanking Belletrist from the bottom of my heart for choosing the re release of this 1979 classic as their July book club pick I absolutely LOVE THIS BOOK And I can t write a review of it since it s older than I am just barely and everything I say will be redundant I will say that there is almost NO SEX or rage though, and it completely defied all of my expectations This book is whip smart and lush and I wanted to highlight 90% of it It s sweet and terse and hopeful and real and mos [...]

    • Rachel Pollock said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I really, really wanted to like this book It came so highly recommended However, by modern standards it reads like some stream of consciousness fever dream, like it s poorly edited She has a beautiful authorial voice, but my god is it tedious to read.

    • Janelle said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      SEX AND RAGE by Eve Babitz This was the July book club pick for Belletrist So far I ve been so impressed with the thoughtful selections by Belletrist If you haven t been following, you must go there and follow now This book was originally published in 1979 and reissued this year It centers around Jacaranda Leven such a cool name , who is a surfer and a writer She makes unapologetic decisions with such ease it will make you envious I love that Los Angeles and New York City act as characters and t [...]

    • Linda Robinson said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      Sparkling decadence Faux na f and picaresque are two new words I learned reading reviews of Babitz s work and life during the time this collection of scenes was written A memoir essay fiction with the names only slightly changed to include the participants in this hedonistic romp from L.A to N.Y and back again Paris Review compared Babitz to Lispector, both in the obsession with the space between words and meaning, and then again that both women were badly burned Babitz from the hot ash of a cig [...]

    • D.R. Haney said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      The golden statuette of a tangoing couple on the jacket of Eve Babitz s second novel, Sex and Rage, anticipates Babitz s later real life interest in dance and mirrors the metaphorical tango of Sex and Rage s main characters a surfer artist adventuress modeled after Babitz herself, and a sexually ambiguous courtier of sorts to wealthy gadabouts who briefly make Los Angeles their playground Though besotted with each other on a level that at least one of them will never admit, the adventuress and c [...]

    • Matthew Huff said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      Deathly dull Literally nothing happens in this book, and its way too much telling with very little showing The title of this book is far and away the most interesting part It was helpful in getting me in the right mood to sleep on a bus though.

    • Alyse said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I love immersing myself in the lives of women who would never associate with me, and I seem to be really into California right now Basically, this was a fun one.

    • Sian Lile-Pastore said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM


    • Chris Eells said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I was provided Sex and Rage from in exchange for an honest review.Firstly, I thought this was a new book It s actually a reprint from the late 70 s Secondly, this was a thinly veiled memoir I had never heard of Eve Babitz before reading Sex and Rage, and now, having done so, can t really understand why people were so fascinated with her I get the distinct feeling she was like the Kardashians of her time.I wanted to read Sex and Rage because the blurb spoke of a strong young woman growing up in L [...]

    • Natalie Rosselli said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I didn t get it I m not even sure if there was something to get I HATED jacaranda In my opinion she was so problematic and self absorbed when she was a walking disaster The self pity was REAL She blamed everyone for her problems and kept manipulating Shelby for no reason at all Also, her obsession with Max was pathetic and made zero sense Also, where was the plot I was waiting for there to be some sort of climax and it never happened I read in a review that it was supposed to be about her gettin [...]

    • Lindsay Gaudio said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      Very dream like quality,but overall I just did not get it and for the life of me I don t understand the obsession with Max and the whole book revolving around her revenge and fear of him,as I m very sure he was not straight To each his own,but this book just wasn t my cup of tea.

    • Stephanie said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      beautiful white girl with beautiful white girl problems too much drugs, alcohol, sex, celebrity, etc Babitz s writing is lovely, and she has crafted some interesting characters, but still, I was bored.

    • Umi said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      Eve Babitz kind of writes one book over and over but I really delight in that one book so whatever

    • Stefani said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I have to admit I was swept up in the seductively glamorous haze of Los Angeles that Eve Babitz concocts, the dreamy unreality of the movie industry an illusion that belies the darker side of the city and its denizens Sex and Rage mostly takes place in the City of Angels during the late 60s and 70s, and is a thinly veiled memoir of the author, who, as an It Girl and groupie during this time, had an insider s view of the beautiful, wealthy, and fabulously eccentric people that populate her small [...]

    • Amelia said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      Four stars only because it s not my favorite Eve But it s still Eve, and it s wonderful.

    • Lisa said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I was introduced to Babitz recently via a recent article about her in Vanity Fair The idea of an intellectual good time girl intrigued me as it should, and I was dismayed to find that her work is not only largely unknown but also out of print I was able to get a first edition copy o fSex and Rage via interlibrary loan to read and boy, am I ever glad I did Babitz is glorious as a writer, the work hums with the fastness of the era, of the good time unapologetic choices that Jacaranda makes, doing [...]

    • Kubi said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      There s a lot going on here than what the lithe, dreamy writing would have you believe Much like Eve Babitz herself whose beauty and charisma distracted from her true depth and the sharpness of her mind Mind you, she took pains though never showing the effort to perpetuate that illusion I m not going to lie my reading of Sex and Rage was skewed towards my fascination with the glorious creature that is Eve Babitz It does help to know a little bit about her when going into this book.I read with a [...]

    • Sarah said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I have seen this book around a lot and the title always made me unsure I went to Wordstock and Counter Point was there and they convinced me to give it try I am so glad I did Eve Babitz has won me over and her writing has something in it that makes me want to read all of her work right away Do not let the title turn you away this is a great coming of age story Highly recommend

    • Mickey said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      Not much sex, very little rage, but a great tango of literary novel and memoir Eve Babitz tells her own story of the 1970s through the eyes of Jacaranda, a California surfer girl with glossy friends and a yen to be someone with something to say The writing is lush and dreamy, the metaphors funny, often brilliant Worth reading for a nostalgic look at LA and NYC thorough the eyes of a sharp observer with a wild imagination and a romantic heart.

    • Sheri said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I heard the author in conversation at the Hammer She was lively, engaging, and the talk was so much fun She used to be Ed Ruscha s girlfriend She s the naked, curvaceous young woman playing chess with an elderly, dignified Marcel Duchamp in an unforgettable photograph apparently, all he said when he saw her was Alors But this book I did not care for It had fun and witty moments, but basically it is all about how charming and brilliant and wonderful is the protagonist clearly the author Almost em [...]

    • Yasmin said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I really wanted to like this book and was eager to get it from the library, so that is why I m so upset that it wasn t a great book I was into it in the beginning, jacaranda the surfer exploring people and personalities but then the plot started straying and the story momentum stalled I had high hopes but was sadly disappointed.

    • Suzanne said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I really enjoyed this hard to find book by one of my favorite authors, the delightful and underrated Eve Babitz I have read most of her other sadly out of print works, but never this one before Thanks again to Jeff for sending this to me See my September 2011 GR review of Eve s Hollywood book show 26

    • Carrie said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I absolutely love this book I love her name, her pure freedom, and her entirely human downfall.

    • Amanda Morgan said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I think I m too young to be in on the joke here Or just too Midwestern to relate Jacarada is a surfer girl native from LA who drifts from group to group of people who use her and whom she uses She doesn t seem that intelligent, and really not very likable And the way this story is written, it s very choppy, stream of consciousness, what is going on most of the time Jacaranda finds herself on her own at a very young age, living it up in Hollywood, running in the same circles as people on the verg [...]

    • Kayla said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      This was a very interesting book Eve Babitz seems to perfectly capture the culture of late 60s southern California L.A Hollywood surfer life in a way that makes me glad I never lived there myself that s a compliment, trust me Jacaranda Leven is a born and bred California surfer girl who gets caught up in the late night, drinking and drugs with beautiful people culture that young ladies seem to be so susceptible to the subtitle for this book ADVICE to YOUNG LADIES EAGER for a GOOD TIME is peak Ba [...]

    • Beatrice said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      This was one of my favorite reads for numerous reasons It was charming, fresh, timeless And while the title can be misleading, it dealt with some serious topics, such as addiction and substance abuse I thought that this book really captured the struggle and progress, as well as the struggles that the time period posed You could definitely see the growth and struggle that Jacaranda, the main character, went through Each character made sense and was there for a reason I also really liked how the E [...]

    • Jonny Carmack said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 I really enjoyed the later part of the book, leading up to her travels to NYC and following her time in the city For an older book, I thought the networking Jac did to become a writer was still relevant to today s modern day world I wish we got snippets of the published book that out main character wrote and were clued into of her writing In fact, nothing really made her character seem believable as an actual author with talent who could churn out a debut that would [...]

    • Lauren said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      This was kind of a weird book I don t fully know if I understood what was going on I thought it sounded interesting and then Emma Robert s Book Club Belletrist chose to read it so I said why not I like Jacaranda but all of her love interests sucked so bad Her cat and sister were the only other characters I liked besides her and even then she annoyed me Reminds me a little of Valley of the Dolls of recent Hollywood novels I ve read, I guess somethings never change I wouldn t necessarily recommend [...]

    • Michaela said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      After hearing much of this vintage novel I finally found myself a copy and discovered the unique tone of Babitz Slightly detached, whimsical and completely compelling, I found myself head over heels with this story Our protagonist Jacaranda is young and carefree living in Los Angeles surfing and painting We follow as she drifts from jobs, relationships and friendships until she finds herself a writer without a book and avoiding her publisher in New York The reader follows Jacaranda s struggles a [...]

    • Lexi Rakoski said:
      Apr 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

      I can t decide how exactly to feel about this book First of all I m a New Yorker at heart, so the glamorization of California bored me Second, and importantly, I couldn t care less about most of the characters Max and Winni and the rest of her friends weren t interesting in the least However, something drew me in enough to keep reading Maybe it was the Kerouac esque stream of consciousness that held my interest, or maybe it was simply the prospect of finishing so I could start readings somethin [...]

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