ok ... this is really something. I'm not overly fond of Smith's writing style but the story itself is really good and insightful. I guess it rings with me because it's basically about the era I grew up in.
A beautifully written book about her life with Robert Mapplethorpe. Mapplethorpe asked Smith to write their story, his story just before he died because he knew no one would write it the way she would. The book won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction last year.
Before Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe became legends, they were two broke kids living in NYC, helping each other avoid utter dejection while figuring out how to go from wanting to be meaningful artists to actually becoming them. Smith does a really lovely job telling their story, steering clear of all usual memoir pitfalls. It's an ideal read for anyone in their own hungry years.