I enjoyed the content of, this book, which I read on the back of "Gatsby" & "Day of the Locust", as it explores much the same territory, namely the Hollywood Myth / American dream turned nightmare.
I also enjoyed the writing, which is sharp & cynical & very amusing...but - I found it a struggle due to the vast number of typos - including a ple-thora of comp-letely gra-tuitous hyp-hens in utte-rly meani-g-less pla-ces... well, you get the idea...
It's testament to how good the content is that I was prepared to persevere through the minefield of irritating errors & eye-wateringly intrusive hyphens to the end. That's why I've given it only 3 rather than 4 stars.
"The View from Babylon" is a collection of essays concerning Los Angeles (with one very interesting diversion to Las Vegas). Rawley was evidently quite well-known in Hollywood, and many of the essays include close-up dealings with agents, stars, directors and other writers.
Rawley examines the price of fame, the strangeness and the coldness of Los Angeles, and the disturbed underbellly of twisted America.