I know we’re only halfway through 2012, but I’m declaring Eve Babitz’s Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. as my book of the year. Babitz’s pulsating love for Los Angeles and her tales about making it big and keeping it real transported me to places in the past that are still so present. I derived much pleasure encountering Janis Joplin, Laguna Beach, heroin, Palm Springs, and the magic of rainy days through Babitz’s eyes.


“People nowadays get upset at the idea of being in love with a city, especially Los Angeles. People think you should be in love with other people or your work or love or justice. I’ve been in love with people and ideas in several cities and learned that the lovers I’ve loved and the ideas I’ve embraced depended on where I was, how cold it was, and what I had to do to be able to stand it all. It’s very easy to stand L.A., which is why it’s almost inevitable that all sorts of ideas get entertained, to say nothing of lovers.”

Though her books are out of print, my local library had a few copy of Babitz books in its collection. I recommend reading this book in warm weather.


xx GD

P.S. Check out this rather infamous photo of Babitz playing chess with Duchamp.

Antelope valley Indian Museum, Stefani Greenwood
stefanig greenwood, photography