It-boy Brett Grace Announces “I Haven’t The Slightest Idea” Zine
Brett Grace has jokingly called himself a semi-retired writer, as he has no published books under his belt, but the multi-hyphenate creative has thus far published several articles and essays. He has previously said that he’s not a slow writer, but is instead a deliberate writer. Whatever the case may be, Grace has announced a zine which will be published through Printed Matter Inc., a New York based boutique publishing house. Tentatively titled “I Haven’t The Slightest Idea,” the zine will include Grace’s own “trial essays,” and collaborations with a few of his writer and artist friends.
Grace was born in Jackson, Mississippi—-his father is Robert S. McElvaine, a well-known author who’s generally considered a pioneer in his work on the Great Depression, as well as other historical and political topics. His mother, Anne, teaches kids with special needs. During Grace’s early childhood, he was surrounded by great literary influences such as Eudora Welty, who had a profound impact on the young writer.
As an early teen, Grace moved to Los Angeles to be treated for anxiety and panic disorder at UCLA’s renowned Neuropsychiatric Institute. In 2007, Grace relocated with his parents to Wellington, New Zealand when his father became a Fulbright scholar researching at the National Library of New Zealand. Afterwards, Grace returned to Los Angeles and has lived there ever since
Brett works as an artist in numerous creative fields, and is known to have an especially charismatic personality, having achieved some celebrity because of his socialite lifestyle. His best friend since youth is British supermodel Georgia May Jagger, and their close-knit friendship has resulted in Grace frequently receiving media attention over the years.
A muse in his own right, Grace has been photographed by the likes of Mick Rock, Kristin Burns, and Autumn de Wilde—including for the 2009 British Vogue feature “Teen Angst”. He had previously appeared in de Wilde’s 2008 music video for Beck’s “Gamma Ray.” In 2010, Grace cross-dressed for pop-duo Shakespears Sister’s video for “It’s A Trip,” directed by Paul Boyd. Unrelated to his first Beck role, Grace played “Young Beck” in Beck’s 2014 video for “Heart Is A Drum,” directed by Grace’s longtime friend and collaborator Sophie Muller—who would later feature Grace in videos she helmed for No Doubt’s “Settle Down,” and Gwen Stefani’s “Spark The Fire,” among others. In 2016, he contributed to the Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks) DCX MMXVI Live tour and subsequent DVD as a researcher, and in 2017 he appeared in the short film “Pill Box” directed by Linda Strawberry, and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.
Grace has widely been covered by the media for his well-documented socialite lifestyle, often seen at various fashion weeks, and film, music, and art festivals around the world. In addition to Georgia May Jagger, Grace is also publicly known to be friends with Cara Delevigne, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry, who have also attracted media attention to him.
Having recently turned thirty, Grace published an essay called “Too Old For A Quarter-Life Crisis” where he revealed he’s been experiencing a period of intense introspection, and existential crisis. He’s long been preparing a collection of short stories and essays that he’s currently calling “In Lieu of Real Life” that he’s said includes “a lot of fantastical truths; a lot of real life shit told through the lens of pop culture and make believe.” In the meantime, we’ll be looking forward to being one step closer to decoding who Brett Grace is, through his upcoming Printed Matter Inc. zine.