Eve Babitz


Babitz was the author of several books and her writing is marked by the cultural scene of Los Angeles during that time, with numerous references to and interactions with the artists, musicians, writers, actors, and sundry other iconic figures that made up the scene in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Eve Babitz’s books

Eve Babitz was an American artist, writer, and musician who wrote several books throughout her career. Here are the titles of her books along with a brief summary of each:

Eve’s Hollywood (1974): This is Babitz’s first book and is a semi-autobiographical account of her experiences growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s. The book is a collection of anecdotes and stories about the author’s life and the people she encountered along the way.

Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. (1977): In this book, Babitz explores the fast-paced, hedonistic world of Los Angeles in the 1970s. The book is a series of interconnected essays that focus on the author’s experiences with love, sex, and drugs in the city.

Sex and Rage (1979): This novel follows the life of Jacaranda Leven, a young woman living in Los Angeles in the 1970s. The book explores the complexities of relationships, both romantic and platonic, and the challenges of trying to find one’s place in the world.

Fiorucci, The Book (1980): This is a collection of essays and photographs about the iconic Italian fashion brand, Fiorucci. Babitz was a fan of the brand and wrote several pieces for the book, which features contributions from other artists and writers.

L.A. Woman (1982): This is a collection of essays about the people and places of Los Angeles. Babitz’s writing is sharp and observant, and she provides a unique perspective on the city that she loves.

Black Swans (1993): This is a collection of short stories that explore the darker side of life in Los Angeles. The stories are edgy and provocative, and Babitz’s writing is both witty and insightful.

Two by Two: Tango, Two-Step, and the L.A. Night (1999): This book is a collection of essays about dance, music, and nightlife in Los Angeles. Babitz writes about her experiences with various dance styles, from tango to two-step, and provides a vivid picture of the city’s vibrant nightlife scene.

I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz (2019): This posthumous collection of Babitz’s writing features previously unpublished essays and stories, as well as some of her most well-known pieces. The book is a testament to Babitz’s unique voice and her enduring legacy as a writer and cultural icon.

Eve also captured the spirit of her time and the beauty of Los Angeles in beautiful works of art.

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