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Slow Days, Fast Company

(1977)
The world, the flesh, and L.A.
A collection of stories by

 

"Her words are worth a thousand moving pictures."
Joseph Heller


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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Hardback Editions

April 1977 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Slow days, fast company: The world, the flesh, and L.A. : tales
Author(s): Eve Babitz
ISBN: 0-394-40984-1 / 978-0-394-40984-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf : distributed by Random House
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Eve Babitz
ISBN: 1-68137-008-5 / 978-1-68137-008-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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March 1978 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Slow Days, Fast Company
Author(s): Eve Babitz
ISBN: 0-671-82001-X / 978-0-671-82001-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A.
Author(s): Eve Babitz
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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