By Lilibet Snellings (Jour’04)
(Soft Skull Press, 2014; 256 pages)
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When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings (Jour’04) moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a “slash” to keep her head above water — a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl. One night each week, Snellings would go to The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, don a pair of white boy shorts with a matching tank, touch up her lip gloss, and crawl into a giant glass case behind the front desk. There, she could do whatever she wanted—check email, catch up on reading, even sleep—as long as she ignored the many hotel guests who would point and ask the staff, “Is she allowed to use the bathroom?”
Dog-paddling through her twenties, Snellings resisted financial bailouts from her sweet Southern mother and business-oriented dad, while pondering her peculiar position as a human art installation.
From misinterpreting a modeling agency interview as a talent audition, to avoiding Bond-girl-style deaths at New Year’s Eve parties, Snellings shares and laughs at her many mishaps while living in LA.