Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend...

“Ingratitude is treason to mankind.” James Thomson

Friday 26 February 2010

Just Kids

Oh dear, forgive my laziness (note to self: rebrand as 'spontaneity') but I was moved by the news that Patti Smith will be reading from her memoir Just Kids on Book of the Week starting Monday and just wanted to post these quick few links and not much else.

For years I had an enchanting and haunting photo - torn from some magazine or newspaper - of her and Robert Mapplethorpe stuck on my fridge with a magnet. I don't know why it ended up on the fridge. Framing it didn't seem right, and I found it so much at home there that I never considered moving it. It eventually showed many greasy signs of having lived in a kitchen and I moved house and it got stuck in a file somewhere, but I can recall every detail just thinking about it. Two skinny, beautiful child-genius artists in a sparkling moment on a dirty fire escape in a brutal city.

In this interview in New York Magazine, she burst into insecure tears of gratitude and relief upon hearing that the interviewer enjoyed her new book. And there, on the second page, that lovely photo.

I'm humbled by her genius and relentless authenticity and can't wait to read her book.

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