Art & Culture, Design, Entertainment, Literature

Slow Days, Fast Company: Eve Babitz

I wrote previously about the resurgence of interest in the works of author Eve Babitz, with the publication of Eve’s Hollywood in October 2015 by the NYRB. Although, until recently, the only way to obtain a copy of its successor, 1977’s Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A., was with a French translation, published by Gallmeister in 2014 or to have a spare few hundred pounds in your back pocket for a used original copy.

However, on August 30th 2016, the NYRB will be issuing a new print run of Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A., a fictionalised account of Babitz’s life in Los Angeles, California, in which she writes, “Perhaps if the details are all put together, a certain pulse and sense of place will emerge, and the integrity of empty space with occasional figures in the landscape can be understood at leisure and in full, no matter how fast the company.”

Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. can be pre-ordered here.

Art & Culture, Entertainment, Literature

Elena Ferrante x Sandro & Sandra Ferri

Elena Ferrante, Art of Fiction No. 228: Interview

“The most urgent question for a writer may seem to be, ‘What experiences do I have as my material, what experiences do I feel able to narrate?’ But that’s not right. The more pressing question is, ‘What is the word, what is the rhythm of the sentence, what tone best suits the things I know?'”

Art & Culture, Literature

The Scott & Croft Bookshelf

There’s some fiction, some non-fiction. They’re all some of my favourite reads this year.

Jessica Alexander – Chasing Chaos

Jose Saramago – Blindness

Anthony Doerr – All the Light We Cannot See

Alex Christofi – Glass

John Green – Looking for Alaska

R.J. Palacio – Wonder

Frances Wood – Hand Grenade Practice in Peking

Emma Jane Unsworth – Animals

Eve Babitz – Eve’s Hollywood

Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements

Architecture, Art & Culture, Design, Fashion, Literature

Coffee Table Books: Art, Architecture, Design & Automobiles

Some of my favourite things are coffee table books. However, that could be attributable to working in a profession which a friend suggested is suited to “people who like their books with pictures.” I’ve listed a selection, below.

Tim WalkerPictures

I came across this book after visiting Walker’s Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House in 2012. Although I purchased both books, I prefer this collection of his work. For me, it matches Tim’s aesthetic more so than Story Teller, which is fantastic as an overall representation of the exhibition and the events that ran concurrently.

Graydon Carter & Bridget FoleyTom Ford: Ten Years

Thames & Hudson describe Tom Ford: Ten Years as a “lavish volume” and a “complete catalogue of his design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.” Chronicling Ford’s clothing and accessories designs for both houses, the book also explores Ford’s grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design and advertising.

Beverly Rae Kimes & Winston GoodfellowSpeed, Style & Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection

Created to accompany a major exhibition, this tome features 29 automotive masterpieces selected by Ralph Lauren and shot by renowned photographer Michael Furman. Exquisite models, from the 1930 Mercedes Benz SSK “Count Trossi,” the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia and the 1938 Bugatti Atlantic Coupe to marvels from Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche and even a Ford “Woody,” are artfully and lovingly photographed and presented with commanding elegance.

Frederic Edelmann & Ian LunaLouis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors

An exploration of the dynamic and innovative architecture and interiors commissioned by Louis Vuitton, the book features interviews with architects including Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc and Jun Aoki – who discuss the beautiful and complex structures they have produced in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. This book examines the physical aspects of these buildings as well as the ideas that went into their composition.

Christine Rudolph & Ditte IsagerNoma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine

The Independent on Sunday describes Noma: A Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine as being filled with “jaw-dropping photography”. Granted exclusive access to NOMA archives, including diaries, team profiles, and even with a nice pull out map of the Nordic region, NOMA is a definite buy for those who want an inside peek into what was voted ‘the world’s greatest restaurant’.