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Slow Days, Fast Company
Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. | Eve Babitz
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.
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bookwrm526
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Mehso-so

Each chapter is a story, and I‘d love to know how “semi” autobiographical the stories are. As always with stories, some of them were great and some of them were complete whiffs.

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quietjenn
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Totally living up to it's reputation, thus far 🧡

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RealLifeReading
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Definitely feels more like SoCal than NorCal these past few days with all this hot hot heat we‘ve been having. So this book by Eve Babitz, set in SoCal, is quite fitting. To be honest, I hadn‘t heard of Babitz or this book. I just happened to be scanning the shelves and thought it sounded interesting. Turns out that Babitz is having a comeback - her books are being reissued, a TV adaptation is being made, and a biography published in January

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RealLifeReading
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#libraryloot this week - two new books with “Rise” in the title, and a classic from the 1970s, all about Southern California. Have you read any of them?

Lindy I‘m 9 hours deep into the audiobook 4mo
BarbaraJean Early Riser is a good one! 4mo
rretzler Early Riser is great! 4mo
Tonton Slow days, Fast Company! 4mo
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youneverarrived
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Pickpick

These ten short stories, or vignettes, are all set in and around L.A in the 1970s & are a blend of fiction and memoir. It‘s got such an evocative sense of time and place. The imagery and the way she describes the characters is spot on. An easy, often funny read that captures a mood. 💕 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #newtoyouauthor #booked2019

Cathythoughts Great review!! I wish I was more inclined to read short stories.. I often like them when I do ... & well done on another #Booked2019 👍🏻 5mo
batsy She sounds like a fascinating writer. 5mo
Theaelizabet Just bought this (and Eve‘s Hollywood) Can‘t wait to read them. 5mo
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TheBookStacker
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Ready to start his one, but might not get to it until tomorrow.

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BooksGirlsCats
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#Bookhaul! @Kitta and I went to the Brooklyn book fest today and got totally carried away! Which is especially bad as I also bought Never Anyone But You in the airport a couple of days ago and forgot 🙀
So now we both have big new #TBR stacks!

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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

This might be my favorite thing I have read so far this year. Eve‘s unabashed love of LA in the 70s is gorgeous to read about, everything is sunshine, sex, drugs, rock n roll but with wit and honesty and the teensiest bit of gossip.

Cinfhen This sounds great and your pic is 🙌🏻 2y
AlizaApp @Cinfhen thanks 😊 it was pretty perfect! 2y
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AlizaApp
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All about Eve right now 👑

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MLRio

Since I‘ve started carrying a book everywhere, even to something like the Academy Awards, I‘ve had a much easier time of it, and the bitterness that shortens your life has been headed off at the pass by the wonderful Paperback. Light, fitting easily into most purses, the humble paperback has saved a lot of relationships for me that would have ended in bloodshed.

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MLRio
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Pickpick

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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MLRio
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#BookMail is the best mail. #EveBabitz

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katedensen
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Help me out!

Only two votes for my next novel (see this post:
http://litsy.com/p/aVRNVERKRFBS) for #24in48 and I'm almost done with Killing and Dying (which I am LOVING, by the way).

Suzze Question. How do you get a URL for your post? 3y
katedensen @Suzze the little arrow thing-y at the bottom. 3y
Suzze Hmm, I tried that, did COPY and it copies the whole written part of the post. Oh, well. 3y
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katedensen @Suzze Weird! Android or iPhone? 3y
Suzze Even weirder, the text it copied was from a post I made last night, while the arrow I used was on my most recent post. 3y
Suzze OK. I went to a different post of mine, did it, and it worked perfectly. Thanks! Don't know why it was so crazy. 3y
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brendanmleonard
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I looooooooved this. Like "new favorite author" loved. It really is like someone took the best of 70s California rock and put it in a book. Babitz is such a fun, poignant, insightful, and true writer - I didn't want it to be over! It's also perfect winter reading, a book that conjures a dream of a warm place that seems so far away, a place you'd want to visit, at least for a while. And did I mention it's feminist AF? Read read read it! #readwomen

Josie Haha great review! I lol'd at "feminist AF" 3y
brendanmleonard @Josie thank you! I wanted to talk more, but I ran out of space! (edited) 3y
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Josie @brendanmleonard I have that problem often! You did great though! I wanna read it! 3y
MLRio This sounds marvelous. 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 i loved this book as well! 3y
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brendanmleonard
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This quote is too real for life and/or America. 😂😭😂

JanuarieTimewalker13 Ain't that the truth!!! 3y
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brendanmleonard
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Are you looking for something loose, warm, and languid to get you through these long winter nights? Do you want the vibe of great SoCal Seventies Rock (Linda, Jackson, Warren, Joni) in book form? Have you read all of Joan Didion? Then you have to check out Eve Babitz - one of my favorite 2017 discoveries so far. It's all of the above, plus the best kind of gossipy prose...and full of sentences that will take your breath away. #readwomen

ValerieAndBooks Synopsis looks really good! Is it a recent release? Have not heard of her until just now! 3y
brendanmleonard @ValerieAndBooks it's a reissue through NYRB Classics. Originally came our in 1974. She's a fascinating figure. 3y
katedensen I picked the NYRB repub at @bookculture when it came out but haven't gotten around to it yet. It definitely just got bumped up on my list! 3y
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brendanmleonard @katedensen I went out and grabbed Eve's Hollywood too - you remind me I need to check out the NYRB display at Book Culture! 3y
katedensen @brendanmleonard Book Court had the BEST NYRB selection, but they closed 😭😭😭 (edited) 3y
brendanmleonard @katedensen I was so heartbroken when Book Court closed! 3y
katedensen @brendanmleonard Just another item on the epic "Why 2016 Was the Worst" list. 3y
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brendanmleonard
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Six books + 4 journals (fourth journal not pictured) + 8 pencils + more than 10 pens (other pens not pictured) + 1 kindle (with an additional 100+ books) = everything you need for a week in the wilds of Pennsylvania!

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜🙌🏼 3y
Marchpane Looks like you're all set! 3y
Suet624 😍😍😍 I think you might be all set. 3y
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LeahBergen 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
Ellsbeth Oooo...Staedtlers & Leuchtturms. Nice. 3y
Victoria_C @Ellsbeth ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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ampersunder
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Visited a new-to-me bookstore near work today. They had an amazing selection of new & used, but I only had 20 minutes. Looking forward to another trip!

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slothandtabby
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Reading Eve Babitz at lunch on a workday in New Haven, CT seems super antithetical to...well, all that is Eve Babitz-y. Clearly I should be hungover and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Possibly wearing a fabulous coat of some sort? And yet!

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katedensen
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I'm in bed already because I have an early day at #BKBF tomorrow. I have only 20 or so pages left of my current book, so which of these should I read next? Also, making this my contribution for #somethingforsept #womenwriters. Yay, multi-tasking. #brooklynbookfestival #septphotochallenge

RealLifeReading Wish I could help but I haven't read any of these! Also hooray for multitasking! 👍 3y
erinreads The Beautiful Bureaucrat is a quick, weird, enjoyable read! 3y
katedensen @RealLifeReading ☺️ @erinreads I like all of those adjectives! 3y
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katedensen
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Today's #bookhaul, courtesy of @bookculture on Columbus.

BookishFeminist Love Book Culture so much. I have their red bag! 3y
katedensen @BookishFeminist ❤️❤️❤️ I went a little nuts because I had 20% off...So We Read On and The Late American Novel were bargain books though! 3y
BookishFeminist @katedfisher They have one of the best bargain sections upstairs! I've gotten so many half price NYRB classics from there 3y
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MrBook Very nice! 😎😻 3y
katedensen @MrBook Thank you! Glad to see you back ☺️ 3y
MrBook Glad to be back! @BookBabe and I missed ya 😊👍🏻. 3y
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