May 2015 - 7. I finished Patti Smith's "Just Kids." It was an engrossing and inspiring read about two artists. I was intrigued by the lives Patti had described--particularly her own, which seemed so touched by luck. It was also interesting to me, as a New York denizen, to read about how the places I had walked through or by were meaningful to her. I discovered some recipes and music through her too, which I appreciated.* It was nice to see how inspired Patti was by other artists and by a philosopher (Arthur Rimbaud), to the point of making a pilgrimage to the places in France that were important to his life. I was also struck by the "unconventional" life she led with Robert, who shared art between them but did not cohabit regularly. I was not attracted to the descriptions of Robert's work, but I did find Patti's descriptions of Robert himself, and of her own life, moving.
(*This includes grilled cheese sandwiches on rye and a malted milkshake, the films "One Plus One" by Godard and "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones," the book "Ariel" by Sylvia Plath, the song "Can You Hang Onto a Dream?", the music of the Velvet Underground, and the idea of celebrating the Fourth of July by watching fireworks and eating Carvel cake.)