M Train

M Train

by Patti Smith


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M Train by Patti Smith

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From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train 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. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s 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 Train is 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101910160
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 134,396
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

PATTI SMITH is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has released twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone.

Smith had her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and has been represented by the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978. Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, WīttBabelWoolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence.

In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Smith married the musician Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.

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In 1965 I had come to New York City from South Jersey just to roam around, and nothing seemed more romantic than to write poetry in a Greenwich Village café. I finally got the courage to enter Caffè Dante on MacDougal Street. The walls were covered with printed murals of the city of Florence and scenes from The Divine Comedy.

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Table of Contents

Café 'Ino 7

Changing Channels 27

Animal Crackers 45

The Flea Draws Blood 63

Hill of Beans 71

Clock with No Hands 83

The Well 89

Wheel of Fortune 107

How I Lost the Wind-Up Bird 127

Her Name Was Sandy 145

Vecchia Zimarra 159

Mu 163

Tempest Air Demons 195

A Dream of Alfred Wegener 211

Road to Larache 217

Covered Ground 231

How Linden Kills the Thing She Loves 237

Valley of the Lost 241

The Hour of Noon 247

Postscript 255

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M Train 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patti Smith is a creative genius. In this book, she weaves recollection and current impressions of her life into a patterned fabric with torn scrap, satin, leaves, and pieces of cosmic dust. It is stream of consciousness in a narrative that adds up to one fabulous life, containing joy and sorrow in equal portion. Defies category but so beautiful. Thank you Patti for being the unique beat of your own love-filled heart.
LA46 More than 1 year ago
This book is perfection. Such beautiful prose- I could listen to her 'talk' all day. Patti Smith is infinitely interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book, my favorite read of the year. Smith is an intrepid explorer in every aspect of her life, and her romantic optimism and enthusiasm for living ugly and bravely is inspiring. I picked up this book at the perfect time. It lifted my gloomy spirits.