M Train

M Train

by Patti Smith


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Featuring a new postscript including five new photos from Patti Smith

From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through 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, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s 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 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: 9781101875100
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 556,685
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

PATTI SMITH is the author of Just Kids, which won the National Book Award in 2010, and of five collections of poetry. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres; she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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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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