Patti Smith's Releasing A Sequel to Just Kids
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we’re sincerely humbled by and grateful for Patti Smith. Her memoir, Just Kids is not only an influential piece of coming of age literature that inspires the world’s art-hungry youth to travel to New York City, but it’s also a personable historical document. One that honestly captures the East Village’s social art scene from the inside – Just Kids is a triumph set in the ’70s that allows us to see a glimpse of ourselves as we watch Smith nurture her own creative spirit. Thank God there’s about to be a part II.
Titled M Train, this sequel to the National Book Award-winning memoir released back in 2010 is a “roadmap” of Smith’s life, detailing the pains life brings, and what we can salvage from them once everything has been resolved. The book, (filled with scenes of copious coffee consumption) will also feature Smith’s own black and white polaroids. The book description, made available by publisher’s Knopf Doubleday, reveals a bit more – and we are stoked:
"M Train is a journey through ‘eighteen stations’. It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima."
"Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself."
With that said, this book is bound to be a sheer inspirational beauty, and we just can’t wait to grab that fresh copy.
M Train comes out on October 6th.