Monday, January 17, 2011

20 Books This Year Project/#1: Just Kids, Patti Smith

So, for my own memory, I'm going to list the 20 books I read this year, and then right a tiny paragraph about them. The first book I finished this year was Just Kids, Patti Smith's memoir of her life with controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

True love stories don't always have to be romantic love, and while there was a romantic relationship, at times, between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, their relationship was about their passion for the creation of beauty. In the end, it's about two people who found their muses in a truly alive period and place for art, music and writing. It makes for an incredibly beautiful, incredibly sad, and completely memorable portrait. Grade: A

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