Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Gentle Readers,

I read Just Kids, the National Book Award Winner by Patti Smith -- poet, singer, songwriter, artist.

I don't even possess the words to praise this book highly enough.

Smith tosses about names of people I've seen in photographs and documentaries -- Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Janis Joplin. She actually knew and sometimes frolicked with these people. She wrote a song for Janis.

But throughout the book there is Robert -- Robert Mapplethorpe -- and their never-ending love and support of one another. Mapplethorpe died in 1989 but Patti Smith's love for him lives, as does their artistry.

I don't know what to tell you other than this book is a must read. It is pure poetry.

Infinities of love,


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