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February Discussion: Just Kids
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Jan 25, 2012 08:13AM
Add your thoughts about February's book, Just Kids by Patti Smith, here.
Jan 26, 2012 07:32PM
Still reading, but so far meh. I want to like this book and I am not too keen on critiquing someone's life - it's their life. As of page 96, I have not been able to empathize nor connect with her yet considering her Chicago roots, her struggles, etc.
Jan 27, 2012 03:19PM
There's a good sort of biographical review essay in the NY Review of Books:
Jan 29, 2012 06:32PM
I've found this Fresh Air interview more compelling than the book so far:
Feb 17, 2012 08:55PM
I was so excited, but I can't even get to page 75 without dreading picking it up every time I do. Ugh.
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Feb 18, 2012 10:26PM
I've had a bit of fun reading additional information about the events that Patti lived through and the people she spent time with. Also been listening to some of the music from the artists she's mentioned (Dylan, Hendrix, etc). If I hadn't been cross-referencing and reading only a few pages at a time I'm not sure I would have liked the book on its own.
Here's a link to some of Patti's poetry readings from the 70's:
From the same website, a profile of Mapplethorpe (NSFW):
Feb 25, 2012 08:08AM
I've tried mightily to keep an open mind during this second reading of this book. I have reached the conclusion that if one is not a big Patti Smith fan, or fascinated by the minutiae of the New York art scene during this time period, this book is just kinda boring. I hope somebody in the group loves it so we have something to discuss.
Feb 25, 2012 12:57PM
Switching from the print to audio saved Just Kids for me. While I still don't care much about the NY art scene, listening to Smith read made the text enjoyable. I think it was the accent.
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