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7 Feb 2012

 my new bedside table buddies: patti smith & robert mapplethrope. 

i am so into memoirs/biographies these days. perhaps because i am truly attempting to write one myself. and what better way to get into mine (other than writing) than by reading others’  contributions to the genre. so, for the next few weeks, i’m reading about patti smith’s years in new york city in the late 60s/70s as she pursued her dream of living as an artist. i’ve just begun the book, but i am completely devouring the words… and the setting, well you must know, i heart nyc. especially in the 60s/70s. not that i was there then, but oh i should have been!

so far, i’ve read about patti’s first days in the city. she spent them wandering the streets, living in park after park, soaking in all of the scenery… the people, the smells, the music, the sounds. she describes her first impressions in this way:

“an open atmosphere [that] was something i had not experienced, simple freedom that did not seem to be oppressive to anyone.”

what a quote. i love it. a feeling i can identify with, then i think of asheville, nyc, or the states in general. i’ll keep you posted if i come across anything else outstanding & worthy of mentioning from the book as i keep turning pages & discovering the pat’s passionate pursuit of living life as an artist. in the meantime, do you have any book suggestions on travel journals, memoirs, biographies, or other books following people’s lives? there’s nothing wrong with getting my hands on my next good read!

peace.

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  • Reply the.writer.says 7 Feb 2012 at 21:10

    I couldn’t put it down myself…in fact, i have been re-reading certain chapters – just to feel the New York she knew.

    • Reply liz 8 Feb 2012 at 10:25

      🙂 I am completely enthralled!

  • Reply Anonymous 8 Feb 2012 at 01:57

    Sounds good. I love reading autobiographies and biographies of rock stars. I just finished Keith Richards book “Life”.

    • Reply liz 8 Feb 2012 at 10:25

      Thanks for the tip, and for stopping by my blog!

      • Reply lanie belluz 8 Feb 2012 at 17:35

        Hey, Liz – it’s Lanie – I thought that last comment would tag me but it didn’t

        • Reply liz 8 Feb 2012 at 21:57

          Hehe! Glad to know it was you! 😉

  • Reply Holly 8 Feb 2012 at 07:56

    I love new York too! More than words can express xx

    • Reply liz 8 Feb 2012 at 10:26

      I am dying to live there… 🙂 xx

  • Reply Stacy 8 Feb 2012 at 18:46

    Fantastic book! I love how nonchalantly she was buddies with the likes of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. *sigh* What a fabulous time.

    • Reply liz 8 Feb 2012 at 21:58

      I know… I’m drooling as I read every page. Gaaahhh.

  • Reply polar music & patti smith. « just be. love all. live life. 28 Aug 2012 at 23:51

    […] year, or earlier this year, i read a memoir she had written. just kids. i wrote a blog post about it here. it was amazing to read about her crazy younger years in nyc… broke, sometimes homeless, […]

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