This book has got to be one of the most inspiring books I've read and I can't really say why. Smith never delves into any sort of self-help/advice for the reader. She never addresses the reader, and yet I get the sense that Smith is aware of my presence and is writing this specifically for me. Maybe it's just that this is the book I need right now.
Whatever it is, I am absolutely taken by Patti Smith's story, even if I still question the authenticity of memoirs in general (how much is romanticized? Remembered correctly?), I am impressed by Smith's honesty and willingness to share. I am quite the opposite and find it difficult to write openly about my personal life. Perhaps it's time I read more memoirs and learn to let go.
Smith's relationship with Mapplethorpe is inspiring, although I have yet to finish the book so they may go through rough patches yet. So far I am enamored with their utter admiration for each other, with their total trust not only in each other as humans, but also as artists. Their relationship feels truly rare.
That's enough rambling for now. I'll re-think some of this once I'm done with the book. Until then....