Monday, June 21, 2010

Just Kids

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Just Kids, the latest book by singer-songwriter, visual artist, and poet Patti Smith.  It chronicles her and Robert Mapplethorpe's very beginnings as artists.  They found themselves and their art while struggling through abject poverty in New York City.

I felt a certain kinship with her.  She worked in bookstores, loved to read, was a little reserved, explored her creativity, created her own world in a bubble, and was a romantic.  Utterly unpretentious, she captured a feeling of youth, innocence, hope, and bohemianism so perfectly. 

The book made me feel nostalgic for a time I never lived through but felt via her writing.  I was touched and cried a few times throughout the novel.  When I finished the book, I was sad that I had to leave her world.

It was an extra special treat when I found a two-part interview with her on KCRW's Bookworm program.  You can listen to it here.

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