Wednesday, October 3, 2012

On Saturday I read from Just Kids by Patti Smith as I walked from my apartment down to Myrtle Avenue all the way into Brooklyn. I was reading about Patti and Robert's life in their first apartment, the second floor of 160 Hall St., just off Myrtle. I found it and took a picture. In 1967 when they moved in, "the walls were smeared with blood and psychotic scribbling, the oven crammed with discarded syringes, and the refrigerator overrun with mold." The rent was $80/month. Today it's a $1 million townhouse, up for sale.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Roger Ebert

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

A couple weeks ago I checked out from the library two memoirs by people born in the 1940's, Roger Ebert and Patti Smith. Their lives are somewhat different. Smith's book is focused mainly on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and reads like a novel. Ebert's book is more episodic and reads more like a biography. I'm enjoying both in their own ways.