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Want to Read Rate this book 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars Sex and RageSex and Rage by Eve Babitz 337 ratings, 3.88 average rating, 51 reviews Open Preview Sex and Rage Quotes (showing 1-18 of 18) “The two girls grew up at the edge of the ocean and knew it was paradise, and better than Eden, which was only a garden.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time: A Novel tags: california, paradise 24 likes Like “It was all balance. But then, she already knew that from surfing.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time: A Novel tags: balance, life, surfing 6 likes Like “For the first six months, all whe wanted was honest labor, finely crafted novels, and surf.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time: A Novel tags: fiction, labor, surf 4 likes Like “Max's laugh was like a dragnet; it picked up every living laugh within the vicinity and shined a light on it, intensified it, pitched it higher. It was a dare--he dared you not to laugh with him. He dared you to despair. He dared you to insist that there was no dawn, that all there was was darkness, that there was no silver lining, that the heart didn't grow fonder by absence. He dared you to believe you were going to die--when you at that moment knew, just as he did, that you were immortal, you were among the gods.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time: A Novel tags: california, jetset 1 likes Like “People go through life eating lamb chops and breaking their mother’s hearts.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 1 likes Like “She figured that any day now she was going to start feeling the simple composure of normalcy that Jane Austen's heroines always sought to maintain, the state described in those days as "countenance," and later as "being cool.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage 0 likes Like “Secrets are lies that you tell to your friends.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “watching their smoke lured out the window by the sun.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “She brought fresh flowers in from the tumbling-down hill where her landlady threw handfuls of wildflower seeds each spring.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “He smelled like a birthday party for small children, like vanilla, crêpe paper, soap, starch, and warm steam and cigarettes.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “The word “escape” had blown out the glow: it was so boring of these American women to imagine they were worth pursuing.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “She could get published in a sound journal that meant business and didn’t publish fly-by-nights. She was twenty-eight. It was time for her to O.D., not get published.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “writers all had drinking problems in the twentieth century, and once she got the $1,080 check, she was obviously a writer and it was obviously the twentieth century, so of course she had a drinking problem.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “She discovered what most writers insist is true nowadays, which is that they can only write for three hours a day at the most, so what else is there to do but drink?” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “Everyone knew the way to dance was like black people did and they all danced that way.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “Sunrise went straight off to take a shower. Jacaranda left and returned from across the street, where she’d picked up two half-gallons of Iglenook Chablis, and poured herself a glass of cold wine. She looked out the window and tried to remember.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “Two days before she went to New York, Jacaranda stopped drinking.” ― Eve Babitz, Sex and Rage: A Novel 0 likes Like “Jacaranda believed that in the world of airplanes there were only two kinds of luggage—carry-on or lost.”
“My idea of good company...is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company," -Jane Austen
"In the forest of primeval A school for Good and Evil Twin towers like two heads One for the pure And one for the wicked Try to escape you'll always fail, The only way out is Through a fairytale.” ― Soman Chainani
“The fear of not living is a deep, abiding dread of watching your own potential decompose into irredeemable disappointment when 'should be' gets crushed by what is. Sometimes I think it would be easier to die than to face that, because 'what could have been' is much more highly regarded than 'what should have been.' Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug.” ― Neal Shusterman
“No, the magic doesn't wear off at midnight. It's much more powerful than that. It comes from you. You wanted something, and so it came to be.”
". . . because at the secret heart of madness, at the core of so many errors, so many absurdities, so many words and gestures without consequence, we discover, finally, the hidden perfection of a language. The ultimate language of madness is that of reason,” Foucault writes.