That was my head exploding.
You know how I've been whining about books lately. I have said I was tired of reading books I wouldn't finish or thought 'eh.' Then I found JUST KIDS, a National Book Award winner.
I said I wanted to read books that quicken the pulse; make my head explode. Books that, well, don't take my advice as this is merely my own reaction to this tome. I am certain it isn't for everyone. What I'm not certain about is, whether or not you had to have lived it... the times, I guess.
I have heard of Patti Smith. Rock goddess, poet, actor, songwriter, performance artist - but she's so much more. My personal favorite song of hers is Because The Night. They don't make them like Patti Smith anymore: she has it all, the idiosyncratic talent of our age.
This is her story of her early years in NYC with her longtime love and muse, Robert Mapplethorpe. I don't want it to end.
But it isn't going to yet. I got M TRAIN at Barnes and Noble recently. It is her newly released book. I hope it's as good as JUST KIDS. Hurry out to get a signed copy if you are so inclined, before they are all gone. Patti performed in Paris as recently as October and you can watch it on Youtube. I'm a big fan of hers now.