When Wakefield first moved to Los Angeles to start a novel in Joan Didion’s basement and later on the beach in Venice, where he lived at the Chateau Marmont and entered a tumultuous relationship with Eve Babitz, former girlfriend of Jim Morrison, designer of album covers for Buffalo Springfield, and writer of essays and stories, including “Black Swans,” a story based on her relationship with Dan. In this podcast, Dan recalls this time as the “best year of his life” but says “I could never live through another one.”

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