Review: Smith’s Just Kids

Just Kids
Patti Smith

For the first fifty pages, I wasn’t sure about this one, but then something clicked and I couldn’t put this down. By now you know that this is the story of Smith’s early adulthood and her relationship Robert Mapplethorpe. The books starts with Smith as a child in New Jersey and ends with Mapplethorpe’s death. It’s a stunning ride.

Smith’s brutal honesty, the directness of her language, the incredible nature of her early life all made for a incredible, tragic read. To think that two of the great shining lights of 1970-80s New York met at random on a Brooklyn street corner, starved together, met everyone worth meeting together and got famous together only to have one of them die far too young … its almost too cinematic. If you care about New York, or art, or music, or the strange ways love works, you really need to read this.

Recommended.

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Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.
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3 Responses to Review: Smith’s Just Kids

  1. Pingback: 2015: My Year In Books | Milo and the Calf

  2. yeah, i thought this was a beautiful portrait of the great city. random meet, perfect flaneurism. now reading dickens’ *Night Walks* as same.

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