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"Funny, fascinating, oddly tender."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"A touching tale of love and devotion."--Associated Press

"An utterly charming, captivating, intimate portrait of a late 1960s and early 1970s period of intense artistic ferment in downtown Manhattan significantly shaped and keenly observed by rock firebrand Smith."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Just Kids shows how Smith integrated the romance of her twenty-year friendship with Mapplethorpe with her historical preoccupations, elevating them to an almost sacred status. The past, for Smith, has always driven her life forward. If only we could all be so free-spirited."--The Rumpus

"A revelation. In a spellbinding memoir as notable for its restraint as for its lucidity, its wit as well as its grace, Smith tells the story of how she and Robert Mapplethorpe found each other... beautifully crafted, vivid, and indelible."--Booklist

"JUST KIDS describes [Smith and Mapplethorpe's] ascent with a forthright sweetness that will ring true to anyone who knows her work."--Bloomberg.com

"The most compelling memoir by a rock artist since Bob Dylan's 'Chronicles: Volume One, ' written with intimacy and grace...."--Chicago Tribune

"A remarkable book --sweet and charming and many other words you wouldn't expect to apply to a punk-rock icon."--Newsday

"Patti Smith's memoir of her youth with Robert Mapplethorpe testifies to a rare and ferocious innocence...'Just Kids' is a book utterly lacking in irony or sophisticated cynicism."--Salon.com

"The most enchantingly evocative memoir of funky-but-chic New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s that any alumnus has yet committed to print."--Janet Maslin's top 10 books of 2010, New York Times

"More than 30 years after its release, Horses still has the power to shock and inspire young musicians to express themselves with unbridled passion. Now she brings the same raw, lyrical quality to her first book of prose."--Clive Davis, Vanity Fair

"A spellbinding portrait of bohemian New York in the late 1960s and early '70s."--New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row

"A moving portrait of the artist as a young woman, and a vibrant profile of Smith's onetime boyfriend and lifelong muse, Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989...JUST KIDS is ultimately a wonderful portal into the dawn of Smith's art."--Los Angeles Times

"Patti Smith's telling of the years she spent with Robert Mapplethorpe is full of optimism sprinkled with humor...JUST KIDS...is sorely lacking in irony or cynicism; Smith's worldview is infectious. She's a jumble of influences, but that's part of her charm."--Austin American-Statesman

"Terrifically evocative and splendidly titled...the most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late '60s and early '70s that any alumnus has committed to print....This enchanting book is a reminder that not all youthful vainglory is silly; sometimes it's preparation."--New York Times Book Review

"One of the best things I've ever read in my life."--Don Imus

"Smith's beautifully crafted love letter to her friend Robert Mapplethorpe functions as a memento mori of a relationship fueled by passion for art and writing. Her elegant eulogy lays bare the chaos and the creativity so embedded in that earlier time and in Mapplethorpe's life and work."--Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of the Year

"A shockingly beautiful book...a classic, a romance about becoming an artist in the city, written in a spare, simple style of boyhood memoirs like Frank Conroy's 'Stop Time.'"--New York Magazine

"A heartbreakingly sweet recollection of just that sort of vanished Bohemian life...Just as [Smith] stands out as an artiste in a movement based on collectivism, her singular voice gleams among rock memoirs as a work of literature."--Boston Globe

"Deeply affecting...a vivid portrayal of a bygone New York that could support a countercultural artistic firmament...the power of this book comes from [Smith's] ability to recall lucid memories in straightforward prose."--BookForum

"Remarkable, evocative... JUST KIDS is more than just a gift to [Smith's] ex-lover; it's a gift to everyone who has ever been touched by their art, and to everyone who's ever been in love. Like the best of Smith's music and Mapplethorpe's art, this book is haunting and unforgettable."--NPR Boston

"Smith's writing about her early days with Mapplethorpe is fervid and incantatory but never falls into incoherence."--The Oregonian (Portland)

"In the end, [JUST KIDS is] not just an ode to Mapplethorpe, but a love letter to New York City's '70s art scene itself."--Time Out New York

"Captivating....a poignant requiem...and a radiant celebration of life. Grade: A."--Entertainment Weekly

"One of the best books ever written on becoming an artist...Jesus may have died for somebody's sins, but Patti Smith lives and writes and sings for all of us."--Washington Post

"[JUST KIDS] is funny and sad but always exhilarating."--Tampa Tribune

"To read JUST KIDS is to be struck by how powerfully the two, especially Smith, believed in the power of art....Despite her music's angry clamor, despite his sometimes revolting images, Smith and Mapplethorpe retain, in her telling, a primal, childlike innocence."--Dallas Morning News

"Astonishing on many levels, most notably for Smith's lapidary prose....[JUST KIDS] is simply one of the best memoirs to be published in recent years: inspiring, sad, wise and beautifully written."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Composed of incandescent sentences more revelatory than anything from Patti Smith's poems or songs, her romantic memoir also reveals what blunt narrative instruments the earlier career bios of her and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe have been."--Village Voice, Best Books of 2010 Round-Up

"Sometimes there is justice in the world. That was my first thought when I heard that Patti Smith had won the National Book Award this fall for her glorious memoir, Just Kids."--Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of 2010, NPR's Fresh Air

"Reading rocker Smith's account of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it's hard not to believe in fate. How else to explain the chance encounter that threw them together, allowing both to blossom? Quirky and spellbinding."--People, Top 10 Books of 2010

"Poetically written and vividly remembered. [Smith] reminded me of the idealism of art."--Matthew Weiner, creator of MAD MEN, in New York magazine

" A story of art, identity, devotion, discovery, and love, the book is [Smith's] first prose work...[it] conjures up the passionate collaboration--as lovers, friends, soul mates, and creators--that she and Mapplethorpe embarked on from the summer they met in Brooklyn in 1967."--Elle

"[JUST KIDS] offers a revealing account of the fears and insecurities harbored by even the most incendiary artists, as well as their capacity for reverence and tenderness."--USA Today

"[Just Kids] reminds us that innocence, utopian ideals, beauty and revolt are enlightenment's guiding stars in the human journey. Her book recalls, without blinking or faltering, a collective memory -- one that guides us through the present and into the future."--Michael Stipe, Time magazine

"Smith lovingly depicts the denizens of the Chelsea Hotel - is that Janis Joplin at the bar? - and the rock club CBGB, all the while pondering how to be an uncompromising artist who nonetheless needs to pay the rent."--Boston Globe

[Just Kids] reminds us that innocence, utopian ideals, beauty and revolt are enlightenment s guiding stars in the human journey. Her book recalls, without blinking or faltering, a collective memory one that guides us through the present and into the future. --Michael Stipe, Time magazine"

Reading rocker Smith s account of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it s hard not to believe in fate. How else to explain the chance encounter that threw them together, allowing both to blossom? Quirky and spellbinding. --People, Top 10 Books of 2010"

The most enchantingly evocative memoir of funky-but-chic New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s that any alumnus has yet committed to print. --Janet Maslin's top 10 books of 2010, New York Times"

Composed of incandescent sentences more revelatory than anything from Patti Smith s poems or songs, her romantic memoir also reveals what blunt narrative instruments the earlier career bios of her and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe have been. --Village Voice, Best Books of 2010 Round-Up"

Smith s beautifully crafted love letter to her friend Robert Mapplethorpe functions as a memento mori of a relationship fueled by passion for art and writing. Her elegant eulogy lays bare the chaos and the creativity so embedded in that earlier time and in Mapplethorpe s life and work. --Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of the Year"

Poetically written and vividly remembered. [Smith] reminded me of the idealism of art. --Matthew Weiner, creator of MAD MEN, in New York magazine"

A spellbinding portrait of bohemian New York in the late 1960s and early 70s. --New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row"

One of the best things I ve ever read in my life. --Don Imus"

Sometimes there is justice in the world. That was my first thought when I heard that Patti Smith had won the National Book Award this fall for her glorious memoir, Just Kids. --Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of 2010, NPR's Fresh Air"

[JUST KIDS] offers a revealing account of the fears and insecurities harbored by even the most incendiary artists, as well as their capacity for reverence and tenderness. --USA Today"

Smith s writing about her early days with Mapplethorpe is fervid and incantatory but never falls into incoherence. --The Oregonian (Portland)"

A heartbreakingly sweet recollection of just that sort of vanished Bohemian life...Just as [Smith] stands out as an artiste in a movement based on collectivism, her singular voice gleams among rock memoirs as a work of literature. --Boston Globe"

Just Kids shows how Smith integrated the romance of her twenty-year friendship with Mapplethorpe with her historical preoccupations, elevating them to an almost sacred status. The past, for Smith, has always driven her life forward. If only we could all be so free-spirited. --The Rumpus"

Patti Smith s telling of the years she spent with Robert Mapplethorpe is full of optimism sprinkled with humor...JUST KIDS...is sorely lacking in irony or cynicism; Smith s worldview is infectious. She s a jumble of influences, but that s part of her charm. --Austin American-Statesman"

A moving portrait of the artist as a young woman, and a vibrant profile of Smith s onetime boyfriend and lifelong muse, Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989...JUST KIDS is ultimately a wonderful portal into the dawn of Smith s art. --Los Angeles Times"

A remarkable book --sweet and charming and many other words you wouldn t expect to apply to a punk-rock icon. --Newsday"

A story of art, identity, devotion, discovery, and love, the book is [Smith s] first prose work...[it] conjures up the passionate collaboration--as lovers, friends, soul mates, and creators--that she and Mapplethorpe embarked on from the summer they met in Brooklyn in 1967. --Elle"

Deeply affecting...a vivid portrayal of a bygone New York that could support a countercultural artistic firmament...the power of this book comes from [Smith s] ability to recall lucid memories in straightforward prose. --BookForum"

Funny, fascinating, oddly tender. --O, The Oprah Magazine"

Patti Smith s memoir of her youth with Robert Mapplethorpe testifies to a rare and ferocious innocence... Just Kids is a book utterly lacking in irony or sophisticated cynicism. --Salon.com"

A shockingly beautiful book...a classic, a romance about becoming an artist in the city, written in a spare, simple style of boyhood memoirs like Frank Conroy s Stop Time. --New York Magazine"

[A] beautifully crafted love letter to [Robert Mapplethorpe]...Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York...[a] tender and tough memoir...[an] elegant eulogy. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Riveting and exquisitely crafted. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Captivating....a poignant requiem...and a radiant celebration of life. Grade: A. --Entertainment Weekly"

More than 30 years after its release, Horses still has the power to shock and inspire young musicians to express themselves with unbridled passion. Now she brings the same raw, lyrical quality to her first book of prose. --Clive Davis, Vanity Fair"

In the end, [JUST KIDS is] not just an ode to Mapplethorpe, but a love letter to New York City s 70s art scene itself. --Time Out New York"

The most compelling memoir by a rock artist since Bob Dylan s Chronicles: Volume One, written with intimacy and grace.... --Chicago Tribune"

Astonishing on many levels, most notably for Smith s lapidary prose....[JUST KIDS] is simply one of the best memoirs to be published in recent years: inspiring, sad, wise and beautifully written. --San Francisco Chronicle"

[JUST KIDS] is funny and sad but always exhilarating. --Tampa Tribune"

Terrifically evocative and splendidly titled...the most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late 60s and early 70s that any alumnus has committed to print....This enchanting book is a reminder that not all youthful vainglory is silly; sometimes it s preparation. --New York Times Book Review"

A touching tale of love and devotion. --Associated Press"

JUST KIDS describes [Smith and Mapplethorpe s] ascent with a forthright sweetness that will ring true to anyone who knows her work. --Bloomberg.com"

To read JUST KIDS is to be struck by how powerfully the two, especially Smith, believed in the power of art....Despite her music s angry clamor, despite his sometimes revolting images, Smith and Mapplethorpe retain, in her telling, a primal, childlike innocence. --Dallas Morning News"

One of the best books ever written on becoming an artist...Jesus may have died for somebody s sins, but Patti Smith lives and writes and sings for all of us. --Washington Post"

Remarkable, evocative... JUST KIDS is more than just a gift to [Smith s] ex-lover; it s a gift to everyone who has ever been touched by their art, and to everyone who s ever been in love. Like the best of Smith s music and Mapplethorpe s art, this book is haunting and unforgettable. --NPR Boston"

A revelation. In a spellbinding memoir as notable for its restraint as for its lucidity, its wit as well as its grace, Smith tells the story of how she and Robert Mapplethorpe found each other... beautifully crafted, vivid, and indelible. --Booklist"

An utterly charming, captivating, intimate portrait of a late 1960s and early 1970s period of intense artistic ferment in downtown Manhattan significantly shaped and keenly observed by rock firebrand Smith. --Philadelphia Inquirer"

Smith lovingly depicts the denizens of the Chelsea Hotel - is that Janis Joplin at the bar? - and the rock club CBGB, all the while pondering how to be an uncompromising artist who nonetheless needs to pay the rent. --Boston Globe"

"[A] beautifully crafted love letter to [Robert Mapplethorpe]...Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York...[a] tender and tough memoir...[an] elegant eulogy."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Riveting and exquisitely crafted."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Due to copyright restrictions, this eBook may not contain all of the images available in the print edition.



It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.


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more than a book, this is poetry !!
it doesn't matter if you like patti smith's music or not, robert mapplethorpe's photography.. this is a love and friendship story, a painting of 60's and 70's New York City, a call for all the artists to follow and serve their art..
i'm not a reader (more likely a listener, fan of music).. i hadn't read a book for more than 5 years.. this one ate me !!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Portraits of the Artists as a Young Couple 3 de diciembre de 2016
Por Hugh A - Publicado en Amazon.com
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First caveat: I read this book on my 7" Fire. The reproductions of photos and drawings it contains and which enhance the story are too small to view adequately. There are also more of them in the paperback edition and they're more easily viewable.
Second: It helps if you're a Smith rock fan and/or a Mapplethorpe photography aficionado.
OK, that said this is Smith's memoir of the early formative years of the artists Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe and their unusual love affair. Unusual because while their affair was heterosexual at its outset, Mapplethorpe discovered (?) he was gay midway into it but until Mapplethorpe's untimely death from Aids, they professed their love for one another. (If you want salacious, look elsewhere.) The book also provides a first-hand portrait of New York's art/punk-rock scene during the CBGB years. My favorite part: how Beat poet Allen Ginsburg met Patti Smith at the no-longer-in-existence Automat on West 23rd St. For more detail read the book. I won't spoil it for you.
Anyway, if any of this interest you, you'll enjoy Just Kids. If it doesn't . . . well, it did win a National Book Award.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Lovely, Heartbreaking, the Story of Love 10 de junio de 2017
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4.5 Stars

”It was the summer Coltrane died. The summer of “Crystal Ship.” Flower children raised their empty arms and China exploded the H-bomb. Jimi Hendrix set his guitar in flames in Monterey. AM radio played “Ode to Billie Joe.” There were riots in Newark, Milwaukee, and Detroit. It was the summer of Elvira Madigan, the summer of love. And in this shifting, inhospitable atmosphere, a chance encounter change the course of my life.”

It was that summer when Patti Smith met Robert Mapplethorpe. Just Kids is a love story of these two young people who, against all odds, meet, fall in love, and cling to that love long after they’ve chosen other partners, other ways of life, and love. It’s a love story of the city where they fell in love, and perhaps even a bit of a love story to the art and poetry and music that was created in the course of their love story.

They combined their meager possessions, but money was problematic, they barely made enough money for food – and frequently went without. Extras were out of reach. Books they had already owned were their prized possessions, as was their music limited to those albums they’d brought into this relationship. And still, they were able to enjoy some concerts just by virtue of being in the right place at the right time, or knowing the right person.

”Yet you could feel a vibration in the air, a sense of hastening. It had started with the moon, inaccessible poem that it was. Now men had walked upon it, rubber treads on a pearl of the gods.”

There are a very few years that they were not in touch, Smith’s focused on her music career, her marriage to Fred “Sonic” Smith, and Mapplethorpe focused on his art, his partner. Time passes, children come along, and when Smith is expecting a second child, they re-establish communication.

”We were as Hansel and Gretel and we ventured out into the black forest of the world. There were temptations and witches and demons we never dreamed of and there was splendor we only partially imagined. No one could speak for these two young people nor tell with any truth of their days and nights together. Only Robert and I could tell it. Our story, as he called it. And having gone, he left the task for me to tell it to you.”

I knew very little about Patti Smith, I knew who she was, is, and that I’ve heard some of her songs, knew she was a musician… beyond that, nothing. So, when this book first came out, and my brother sent me a signed copy of this, along with a few other books, and I vaguely recall seeing it and wondering why he sent it to me. And then, years later, also sent me a signed copy of M Train. I was beginning to feel a little guilty.

I loved this. There’s a bit of that raw energy and the grittiness of living in their early days together, the descriptions of the city, especially at night. The Romeo and Julietness of it all. Beautiful prose.

Their story reminded me of one of my favourite poems, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s ”Sonnet XXX – Love Is Not All”

”Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.”
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A perfect period piece: Poetic, rich, moving but ultimately sad - NYC musicians and artists, punks and mainstream fame 14 de mayo de 2017
Por H. Williams - Publicado en Amazon.com
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We had a large and enthusiastic book group meet at The LGBT Center in NYC to Smith's memoir of punk NYC and her long but tragic relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Everyone either liked the book or loved it. I think we actually have better discussions when there's some minor disagreement, but this was a very pleasant and, for many of us, a rather nostalgic evening.

There were a few comments that Patti's style of writing was simple and repetitive at times, which could be distracting. We all agreed that the writing was tender and sweet, wistful in its poetry, especially considering that it covers some difficult times for Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe and the punk period in general. It's all very down to earth and human.

"Just Kids" is a perfect period piece. It describes a specific scene from the inside and gives some minor insights into the places and characters that dominated the art and music communities at the time. The connection between Patti and Robert was strong, and their mutual connection to the art and music world was equally strong. Patti admired the worlds of Mickey Spillane, Arthur Rimbaud, and Jean Genet, but it was Robert who lived the adventure. It was not the most positive or endearing portrait of Robert, but was ultimately very moving.

Robert was a striver and wanted to be rich and famous. It almost seems like Patti gently fell into her role as a poet and musician; "Just Kids" doesn't describe her struggle, just that she knew that she was going to be an artist - and eventually was.

For those of us who have lived in NYC for a while, and especially those of us who lived (or visited) NYC during that period, a map would be an interesting addition to the book. Many of the places that Patti describes are very close together. In addition to this being a punk memoir, it's also often a neighborhood memoir.

I think that if there was one point of contention about "Just Kids," it was Patti's reluctance to discuss sex. She was screwing Robert Mapplethorpe at the beginning and much of his photography was very sexually explicit, so it seems a bit old fashioned or puritanical that Patti would avoid it so strenuously. Both she and Robert were Catholics, but they took very different approaches to it in their artistic development.

Ultimately, "Just Kids" - as the title suggests - is a story about how two artists lost their childhood innocent sense of wonder and turned into famous artists, and finally how Robert lost his life and Patti lost her friend.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas GREAT BOOK - an instant favorite 17 de junio de 2015
Por Mick - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Recommended to me by my sister who has a degree in English literature. Wow. Lovely homage to Robert Maplethorpe. Patti simply and clearly and beautifully states the story of her life which is downright fascinating. My life might have been more like hers if I had the courage to risk being a "starving artist". While I might not always resonate with her aesthetics, and I do not believe that artists must necessarily suffer to be great, I do admire her profound devotion to art and to living a meaningful life. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to artists. Regarding negative reviewers who objected to "name dropping", I don't get it. Do they include famous names when telling their own stories? For example, (Spoiler alert): I would feel SO deprived if Patti had not eventually revealed that "Slim" the cowboy in her story was in fact, Sam Sheppard. Who would not want to know that? Would they criticize Sam Sheppard for "dropping" Patti's name? To each his own I guess. I hope you read the book and judge for yourself.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Started off great... 5 de junio de 2013
Por anon-new-yorker - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Patti Smith can be incredibly eloquent when she actually decides to give us a window into herself. Unfortunately, for most of this memoir, she doesn't choose to do that. Her book suffers from discontinuity - all of a sudden she is married and has left New York - what has precipitated this? She gives us frustrating hints about conflicts in her life, then paints them over with a rose-colored brush. Men asking her for money? VD from someone who cheats on her? Oh well. Married man who leaves her? What the heck. Mapplethorpe is no longer attracted to women but still wants to sleep with her? She feels flattered that he still finds her attractive. Her new husband? "A king among men." Why? Where are the real feelings? Not here.

The strongest part of the memoir is the beginning, when she talks about the kind of person she was as a child, and about the magic she felt upon meeting Mapplethorpe. Soon, her story dissolves into endless details about what she is wearing and who was at Max's as well as a surfeit of random French references that come off as insufferably pretentious. She didn't like a film because it "wasn't French enough."

If you want to get a real window into Smith, just listen to her beautiful Memorial Song for Mapplethorpe. That will tell you more about her than this book.
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