M Train

M Train Author Patti Smith
ISBN-10 110191016X
ISBN-13 9781101910160
Year 2016-08-23
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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National BestsellerFeaturing a new postscript including five new photos from Patti SmithFrom the National Book Awardwinning author ofJust Kids an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist told through the cafs and haunts she has worked in around the world It is a book Patti Smith has described as a roadmap to my life M Trainbegins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf 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 Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality past and present we travel to Frida Kahlos Casa Azul in Mexico to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New Yorks Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits to the West 4th Street subway station filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed and to the graves of Genet Plath Rimbaud and Mishima Woven throughout are reflections on the writers craft and on artistic creation Here too are singular memories of Smiths life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband Fred Sonic Smith Braiding despair with hope and consolation illustrated with her signature Polaroids M Trainis a meditation on travel detective shows literature and coffee It is a powerful deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today

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