Black Swans

The Week (US) - - Arts 23 - By Eve Bab­itz (Coun­ter­point, $17)

“Read­ing Eve Bab­itz is like eat­ing cake for break­fast,” said Lauren Sarazen in the Los Angeles Review of Books. In this 1993 short-story col­lec­tion—“ar­guably her best work”— the Los Angeles in­sider ex­celled as usual at voyeuris­tic por­traits of the fast crowd, but she was also ma­ture enough to ex­am­ine why her city and her era har­bored so much de­bauch­ery. While ad­mit­ting her self-ab­sorp­tion, she also proves her acu­ity, “ce­ment­ing her­self as a Los Angeles in­tel­lec­tual with­out sac­ri­fic­ing her boho joie de vivre.”

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