Thursday, November 18, 2010

Patti Smith Wins National Book Award for 'Just Kids'

Congrats to Patti Smith, who took home the prize for best nonfiction work at last night's National Book Awards for “Just Kids,” her memoir about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. I enjoyed reading it, but thought it to be a bit much at times (I feel the same way about her music), with minute details that I found virtually impossible for her to have remembered. Still, her life is so fascinating -- those Chelsea Hotel days, running into Jimi and Janis! -- that I couldn't put it down, even if I was rolling my eyes every once in a while.

1 comment:

Blobby said...

thank g-d, I thought it was just me.

I liked the book, but thought it bordered on name-dropping a bit too much at times.

Still, a good and easy read and she writes well, which is more than you can say for most.