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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A. (Paperback)

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By Eve Babitz, Matthew Specktor (Introduction by)
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Eve Babitz—feminist, Hollywood bombshell, literary visionary of 1960s LA--hits us here with a collection of delicious little meditations and explorations into her exciting, visceral, erotic world. This book is basically an extension of what gave her such recognition: a photograph of an unapologetically naked Babitz playing chess with the artist Marcel Duchamp. This book is smart and sexy and pushes all the boundaries. It is novel, memoir, love letter, and ode to a city all in one. Slow Days and Babitz herself are my newest obsessions. 

— From Claire


No one burned hotter than Eve Babitz. Possessing skin that radiated "its own kind of moral laws," spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and '70s. One man proved elusive, however, and so Babitz did what she did best, she wrote him a book. Slow Days, Fast Company is a full-fledged and full-bodied evocation of a bygone Southern California that far exceeds its mash-note premise. In ten sun-baked, Santa Ana wind-swept sketches, Babitz re-creates a Los Angeles of movie stars distraught over their success, socialites on three-day drug binges holed up in the Chateau Marmont, soap-opera actors worried that tomorrow's script will kill them off, Italian femmes fatales even more fatal than Babitz. And she even leaves LA now and then, spending an afternoon at the house of flawless Orange County suburbanites, a day among the grape pickers of the Central Valley, a weekend in Palm Springs where her dreams of romance fizzle and her only solace is Virginia Woolf. In the end it doesn't matter if Babitz ever gets the guy--she seduces us.

About the Author

Eve Babitz is the author of several books of fiction, including Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time, L.A. Woman, and Black Swans: Stories. Her nonfiction works include Fiorucci, the Book and Two by Two: Tango, Two-Step, and the L.A. Night. She has written for publications including Ms. and Esquire and in the late 1960s designed album covers for the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Linda Ronstadt. Her novel Eve's Hollywood is published by NYRB Classics. Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681370088
ISBN-10: 1681370085
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 184
Language: English