Sunday, November 21, 2010

Just Kids

Just Kids, originally uploaded by deanv41.

Just Kids is a kind of psalm, an elegy par excellence.
Patti Smith's memoir was just released in paperback and won the National Book Award. For a book that dwells so much on death it reads as if light & life are jumping off every page.
She evokes a milieu like a shamanic diarist, reminding me again that she's a child of The Fifties and had to work out that particular straight jacket. As a child, she dreamed of being a missionary. She achieved that and so much more in a life reaching for art, love, and beauty her own way. The facts of life in 1970s New York City could jade anyone, but Smith at 64 seems as honest as child who has lived a spirit-rich life collaborating with some of the great artists of her time. She came through a forge and emerged a tempered metal.

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