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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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Jul 30, 10

really liked it
Read in July, 2010

Say what you will about Patti Smith and her name-dropping, scenester ways, Just Kids is a hopeful, poetic book about an inspired, electric time in the NY art scene. It's a time we'll never have again-when artists were valued and able to squat in the Chelsea Hotel for trade. Smith's story is one of triumph and hardship; it's about the sacrifices one has to make in order to do art. It's also a love letter to Robert Mapplethorpe, documenting their time together in language that is at once intimate and poetic. The message of the book was one of hope. They never once stopped believing that making art was possible.
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