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A work of creative brilliance may seem like magicits source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our cultures beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsessiona young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus's, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weils grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modianos novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.
Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780300218626
Branch Call Number: ANF 818.609 SMI
Characteristics: 93 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Jun 03, 2018

Smith's musings were interesting and the short story exquisitely written.

Still prefer "Just Kids" and "M Train".

May 21, 2018

I liked the short story about obsession that is the heart of this book, then went back and re-read the other companion pieces (& both liked and understood them better on the second reading). Recommend to "adventuresome" readers, & all Patti Smith fans (of course!)

Apr 19, 2018

It took me 2 readings to figure out what was going on with this book. Had to remember and remind myself that Smith is a poet primarily...

Apr 17, 2018

Silly throw-away story book ended by some journal entries.

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