Slow Days Fast Company The World the Flesh and L A Tales Eve Babitz captured the voluptuous quality of L A in the s in a wildly original totally unique voice These stories are time capsule gems as poignant and startling today as they were when publishe

  • Title: Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A.: Tales
  • Author: Eve Babitz
  • ISBN: 9780394409849
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eve Babitz captured the voluptuous quality of L.A in the1960s in a wildly original, totally unique voice These stories are time capsule gems, as poignant and startling today as they were when published in the early 1970s Eve Babitz is not well known today, but she should be Her first hand experiences in the L.A cultural scene, translated into haunting fiction, are anEve Babitz captured the voluptuous quality of L.A in the1960s in a wildly original, totally unique voice These stories are time capsule gems, as poignant and startling today as they were when published in the early 1970s Eve Babitz is not well known today, but she should be Her first hand experiences in the L.A cultural scene, translated into haunting fiction, are an unforgettable glimpse at a lost world and a magical time.

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    About "Eve Babitz"

    1. Eve Babitz

      Babitz was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Mae, an artist, and Sol, a classical violinist on contract with 20th Century Fox.Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother had Cajun French ancestry.Babitz s parents were friends with the composer Igor Stravinsky, who was her godfather.In 1963, her first brush with notoriety came through Julian Wasser s iconic photograph of a nude, twenty year old Babitz playing chess with the artist Marcel Duchamp, on the occasion of his landmark retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum The show was curated by Walter Hopps, with whom Babitz was having an affair at the time The photograph is described by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art as being among the key documentary images of American modern art.Because of her ideas about sexuality, both in writing and life, much of the press over the years has emphasized her various romantic associations with famous men, including singer poet Jim Morrison, artists and brothers Ed Ruscha and Paul Ruscha, and Hopps, amongst others Babitz appears in Ed Ruscha s artist book Five 1965 Girlfriends Eve Babitz had affairs with comedian writer Steve Martin, actor Harrison Ford, and writer Dan Wakefield, among others She has been compared favorably with Edie Sedgwick, the protegee of Andy Warhol at The Factory in New York City.Eve Babitz began her independent career as an artist, working in the music industry for Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records, making album covers In the late 1960s, she designed album covers for Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield Her most famous cover was a collage for the 1967 album Buffalo Springfield Again.Her articles and short stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire magazines She is the author of several books including Eve s Hollywood Slow Days, Fast Company Sex and Rage Two By Two and L.A Woman Transitioning to her particular blend of fiction and memoir beginning with Eve s Hollywood, Babitz s writing of this period is indelibly marked by the cultural scene of Los Angeles during that time, with numerous references and interactions to the artists, musicians, writers, actors, and sundry other iconic figures that made up the scene in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.In 1997, Babitz was severely injured when ash from a cigar she was smoking ignited her skirt, causing life threatening third degree burns over half her body Because she had no health insurance, friends and family organized a fund raising auction to pay her medical bills Friends and former lovers donated cash and artworks to help pay for her long recovery Babitz became somewhat reclusive after this incident, but was still willing to be interviewed on occasion.

    761 thoughts on “Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A.: Tales”

    1. In the 1960s and 1970s, when I used to dread the approach of another lonely weekend, I wished I could meet a girl like Eve Babitz, intelligent, articulate, and drop-dead beautiful. And there she was, living just a few miles from me in Hollywood while I was in Santa Monica. Describing a friend of hers, "she lacked that element, raw and beckoning, that trailed like a vapor" behind her.Like her first book, Eve's Hollywood, Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. is a series of seemi [...]

    2. For the last 15 years I’ve lived in Los Angeles. Now I want to get out. It’s a good time. We just sold our house and my wife completed her masters, plus she hates her job. There are the kids, but I didn’t ask them to be here. They just stuck around. Now they’re an anchor around our necks. Why can’t we just pull up stakes and move this circus elsewhere? I know, I know, better than most. My parents relocated from New York City to the suburbs when I was eight and I’ve only just come to [...]

    3. A classic Southern California book of fiction, or is it a memoir of sorts? Eve Babitz is a combination of Marcel Proust and F.Scott Fitzgerald. Her observations of life in Los Angeles and slightly beyond that city, is razor-focused, and her mini-portraits of various friends and lovers are masterfully written. I mentioned Proust, because she has a knack for documenting her times. Perhaps even journalistic skills in capturing in a few strokes or words, a complicated personality. F Scott, because s [...]

    4. Just finished re-read of new edition from the New York Review of Books. So glad this book is back in print. It has always been my favorite of hers. ****************************For anyone who loves L.A Eve Babitz is more fun to read than any other local author about this crazy and unique environment we Angelenos occupy physically and psychologically, the reality and the mythology of it all. For me, she is the quintessential L.A. writer - the blog below says it best: "she gets it." literateinla/20 [...]

    5. It's easy to label Eve Babitz a "muse" of men who went on to become famous. Even the ubiquitously-mentioned photo of her with Famous Male Artist is held up as a symbol of her muse-ish-ness. But I am starting to suspect that calling women "muses" is a way to strip them of all of their teeth and agency: they become accessories rather than agents.And boy oh boy is Eve Babitz an agent: all teeth and light and fire. She knows how to turn a phrase. She is another face of the same God of Letters as Shi [...]

    6. A fun series of memoiristic nuggets that read like missives from a lost world: the vanished kingdom of 1970s L.A. swingers. Babitz is wry, detached, and pretty good with language. I'd recommend this book for short airplane rides.

    7. Eve Babitz is famous for being photographed nude while playing chess with Duchamp. Knowing this in advance does not set you up for disappointment when you read her essays. Eve Babitz is as cool as Joan Didion and deserves as much reverence. She doesn’t have Didion’s elegance or dread but she has a similar sense of darkness, wit, glamour, and hyper-aware level of sensitivity. Mainly the difference with Babitz is that she has less money and she writes with joy. I wish I were a libertine but I [...]

    8. I LOVE Eve Babitz! I love reading books set in LA in the 70s! I want a bungalow and a pool in 70s LA and possibly be a bit drunk all the time. These stories (mainly about men) are just so effortless and funny and smart, like hanging out with the coolest girl ever.

    9. Wonderful. I wasn't anticipating such lyrical prose, or such a good sense of her personality. A wee bit Didion, a touch of real-life Valley of the Dolls, I loved it.

    10. Jeg var på vei til et spilleoppdrag på en søplete, men hyggelig bule i Gamlebyen, stavrende på det patetiske januarføret, da jeg tilfeldig møtte en gammel flamme på gaten. Hun kommer fra en plass syd for Mason-Dixon-linjen, men speiler sine opphold i New York og Paris med sine manérer og gevanter, skjønt hun har selvsagt beholdt auraen av sydstatenes gamle aristokrati og lukten av gamle penger. Hvordan hun endte opp i et hull som Oslo er et mysterium.Jeg nevnte min opptreden senere på [...]

    11. There is something infinitely sad about this rollicking book. Eve Babitz is a contemporary of mine. Her high school times were my times. Her time at Bennington coincided with my time at Williams. Yet, we are and were worlds apart. Her life of luxury and indulgence has so little to do with the dour political and athletic world of discipline that I lived in while succumbing to so many of her temptations. There is something so fulfilling about her prose and her aspirations. The stoic sparseness of [...]

    12. I'm really fond of this book, though I guess it's not a "great" book. And I'm not sure that it's necessarily worth 200 dollars - it's evidently out of print, though that might change soon thanks to the recent Vanity Fair profile of Eve Babitz. But anyway - it's essays about L.A. in the seventies, and I'm fascinated by anything to do with L.A and it seems like a particularly fun, decadent period that she's writing about. She has a light touch, and I think that she's kind of a natural writer, with [...]

    13. My first confession for the new year: I'm in love with Eve Babitz. I wish I'd found her sooner.The way she describes Californian sunsets; the pleasure that can be garnered from the relentless Santa Ana winds; a good meal; the particularities of a temporary lovere brings you right into a very specific time and place. A literary time capsule, I lost myself in her writing.

    14. I may return to this someday. Eve Babitz has a friendly, engaging voice and she seems like a lot of fun but there's just something about this that didn't click with me. It was fine, by no means bad, I just felt sort of bored, which is unexpected given the sheer quantity of drugs and alcohol and threesomes mentioned.

    15. Eve Babitz was born in the right place at the right time, and she was born to write. Wild wacky wonderful writing. Every page is chockablock with gems. The person who wrote the jacket blurb actually read the book. Hilarity, pathos, ruminations, romance. Love/not love. What women want, can't get and continually miss. What men may or may not want, but then who the hell really knows? There are fantastic characters that are as real as anybody gets in LA. Agendas, clothes, great hair. I know where "t [...]

    16. Babitz's irretrievably worldly but never jaded lens renders her subjects (the world of L.A. -- in her hands, it IS its own world, absolutely replete with its own particular, evasive heavens, hells, symbols, and mores) both hilarious and deeply, wistfully mournful, with punctiliously perceptive prose that seems to encompass everything without breaking a sweat, and a sensibility that marries Joan Didion and Oscar Wilde.

    17. i love how in books about la the way that characters look makes other characters have deep metaphysical ruminations. I love how in books about la it's all love and hate and live and die and nothing in between. i like how in this book there's a story about how the santa ana winds make you gay -- or at least gayer.

    18. Eve Babitz does what so many other writers fail to do, which is to write about L. A. without making you hate L. A. and everyone who professes to love L. A. Her clever prose, her keen perception, and her unapologetic honesty make for an engrossing read, and combine to offer the reader the scintillating sense of place she herself was so enchanted by.

    19. Babitz laces these ostensibly loose vignettes in such a way that provides a hazy sense of clarity, an understanding of sun-drenched California glamour. Her writing is sharp-witted, almost cerebral at times, but consistently self-aware, and dripping with golden aphorisms.

    20. "I was a difficult, mean bitch, whose cat, it was rumored, bit men."Eve Babitz is mijn zomerliefde.Ik kan niet wachten om meer van haar te lezen.

    21. I can't stop telling everyone about Eve Babitz and if I could go back in time I would be her best friend. #1 West Coast Cool Girl forever

    22. A delightful "fictive memoir" by Babitz, a randier and less political version of Joan Didion. Wonderfully evokes the shimmering essence of a minor player in the world of 1960s-70s Hollywood, the drugged out excesses and celebrity-worship to be sure, but leavened by excursions into the realms of Californians outside "the business," from earnest farmers in Bakersfield, to terrifyingly insipid Nixonite matrons in Orange County, to San Francisco old money socialites on the lam in Palm Springs. Babit [...]

    23. On my way to Europe, I read the British Airways Magazine and copied down a list of books they recommended for summer reading. Thanks to my library's zip books program, I was able to get a copy of this collection of essays published originally in the mid '70s. I loved it immediately and decided to do some research on the author, Eve Babitz. Unfortunately, she is a recluse due to a disfiguring accident (not a huge surprise, sadly, if you read about her misadventures in this book). I loved her obse [...]

    24. I think I finally found my iconic LA read! Babitz's stories are funny and insightful and capture something about Los Angeles that I'll never be able to convey as well as she does. These stories aren't perfect (and there are definitely moments when the Social Justice Warrior in me cried foul), but overall I was swept away by the simultaneously amped up and languid prose. Again, very LA. NYRB put out another book by her a while back. I'll definitely be checking that on out as well.If you liked thi [...]

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