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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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May 27, 2011

it was amazing
Read from January 20 to February 05, 2011

i absolutely loved this book. it's a story you've heard a million times: a young artist moves to new york city, prevails over destitution and finds inspiration and comfort amongst eccentric (and quite often pretentious) kindred souls... including and especially but not necessarily limited to one mr robert mapplethorpe. or maybe you don't know this particular story... but i felt as though i knew the story before it unfolded on the page. the chelsea hotel. the summer of love. max's kansas city and the velvet underground. the village in the 60s. smoking grass and dropping acid. poetry readings. polaroid cameras. the outer ring of warhol's inner circle. the familiarity of the subject matter, however, doesn't come across to me as cliched, but rather as a familiar old friend. beautiful, romantic, and inspiring. highly recommended.
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Betsy Well said.

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