by Patti Smith
Editor: Yale University Press
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From Patti Smith’s renowned artist and author, inspired by the exploration of the nature of Patti Smith’s creative invention A work of creative brilliance can seem like magic-its source a mystery, its impact in an unexpected way by stirring upHow can an artist accomplish such a feat, connect profoundly with an audience never met before?In this revolutionary book, one of our culture, our beloved artist, offers a detailed account of his own creative process, inspiration, and unexpected connections.Patti Smith begins with an original and beautifully crafted story of a young skater’s obsession with his art, a possessive collector who relentlessly searches for his prize, a relationship forged from craven and exalted need.Then she takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story.We travel through the South of France to Camus de la Maison, the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle.She stalks the Simone Weil, falls in a remote cemetery, London time, and winds her way through Patrick Modiano’s Paris streets in the novels.If writing in a coffee shop or train, Smith generously opens his notebooks, and allows us to glimpse the alchemy of his art and craftsmanship of this arrest and original book on writing
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