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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Impossible Cool of Patti Smith

It's awards season for the books industry, and today the National Book Foundation announced its twenty finalists for the National Book Awards. Among those included in the non-fiction category is Patti Smith's autobiography "Just Kids," covering her years as muse to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Reviewer Tom Nissley sums up "Just Kids" so beautifully:

"Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe weren't always famous, but they always thought they would be. They found each other, adrift but determined, on the streets of New York City in the late '60s and made a pact to keep each other afloat until they found their voices--or the world was ready to hear them.

"Mapplethorpe was quicker to find his metier, with a Polaroid and then a Hasselblad, but Smith was the first to fame, transformed, to her friend's delight, from a poet into a rock star. "

What is it about Patti Smith that makes her so compelling, like a young Mick Jagger?

(The National Book Award winners will be announced on Nov 17 in NYC.)

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Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

This looks like such a rad book. And love that cover!

October 13, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

what an honor :) and happy ending, no?

October 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Penney said...

You do such a fabulous job..
I would miss you so much. You have this great thing! Go for it !
xo, P

October 13, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

She will always be cool...Honestly, I do try to forget that she is now married to John McEnroe...She was way cooler before that, I'm sure...

October 13, 2010 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Hanna said...

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October 14, 2010 at 1:40 AM  
Blogger Camille said...

Your blog is absolutely lovely. Off to read some more posts :) Paris in Pink

October 14, 2010 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger mkendall said...

I read that earlier this year and it was so good. Usually I don't like true stories, but this one was so interesting and compelling. Patti Smith is awesome.

October 14, 2010 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

On this recommendation, I'll be purchasing this to download to my Nook.

October 14, 2010 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger RMP said...

Mick never looked this good! ;)

October 14, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Need to get it, need to read it...and then work on the "cool thing"...yeah right ;-) Love from London x

October 14, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

One of the highlights of my summer was reading Patti's book. More later but I am blasting Because the Night (yay for Bruce, too:) in honor of your post. And because I was going to post one of my Black & White series on PS. But will wait.

cheers Tina...


October 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Love Patti..

Such a rock goddess and poet.
Thanks for posting.

October 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

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