Previously uncollected nonfiction pieces by Hollywood’s ultimate It Girl about everything from fashion to tango to Jim Morrison and Nicholas Cage.
WithEve’s HollywoodEve Babitz lit up the scene in 1974. The books that followed, among themSlow Days, Fast CompanyandSex and Rage, have seduced generations of readers with their unfailing wit and impossible glamour. What is less well known is that Babitz was a working journalist for the better part of three decades, writing for the likes ofRolling Stone,Vogue, andEsquire, as well as for off-the-beaten-path periodicals likeWet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathingand Francis Ford Coppola’s short-livedCity. Whether profiling Hollywood darlings, getting to the bottom of health crazes like yoga and acupuncture, remembering friends and lovers from her days hobnobbing with rock stars at the Troubadour and art stars at the Ferus Gallery, or writing about her beloved, misunderstood hometown, Los Angeles, Babitz approaches every assignment with an energy and verve that is all her own.
I Used to Be Charminggathers nearly fifty pieces written between 1975 and 1997, including the full text of Babitz’s wry book-length investigation into the pioneering lifestyle brand Fiorucci. The title essay, published here for the first time, recounts the accident that came close to killing her in 1996; it reveals an uncharacteristically vulnerable yet never less than utterly charming Babitz.