- Recommended reading: These are Patti Smith’s 40 favourite books of all time [hhhhappy.com]
- The Impossibility of Knowing Mark Twain [The Paris Review]
- Stunning Photographs of Well-Worn Library Books [Flavorwire]
What is on your reading list this month?
Do your reading habits change with the seasons, or are you always equal opportunity?
I’ve kind of been all over the place this month, reading wise, which is pretty typical of me.
Since 1st May, I’ve finished:
- M Train by Patti Smith
- Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction by Cathy Whitlock
- The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd by Michelle Morgan
- Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales
I’m in the midst of reading:
- Spencer Tracy: A Biography by James Curtis
- Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style by Cintra Wilson
To be finished by 31st May:
- Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond by Ann Fensterstock
- I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich with Rebecca Paley
- Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford
What is your favourite book this month?
Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading?
Please share with me in the comments.
- Book and Bed [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Here’s What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life [HUFFPOST BOOKS]
- Hemingway in Love [BOOKKEEPING]
- Patti Smith: What I’ve Learned [ESQUIRE]
- Patti Smith Talks Fame, Youth, and Her New Memoir, M Train [VANITY FAIR]
- The Blue Highways legacy [VOX MAGAZINE]
- An Animated Introduction to Virginia Woolf [OPEN CULTURE]
I’m only sharing three links today, but they are all worthy of your time.
Anne Brontë’s Updated Gravestone [courtesy BBC]
I have so much writing and editing to do this weekend. My to-do list numbers in the dozens. Before I get the productivity ball rolling, I need to unwind. Today, this means Margaritas and silliness with my best friend. Check this space tomorrow for normal posts. Until then, I am unwinding.
“Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.”-Patti Smith
I love Patti Smith. My fingers are itching to get carried away in rhapsodies about her, but my head insists that I maintain restraint. At least for today. The need for a long essay has been forcing its way into my brain, so you’ll likely see something on here soon. Until then, enjoy these Patti-themed goods from Etsy!
The combination of image and quote is just plain lovely.
A classic on vinyl.
This is probably my favourite photo of Patti Smith. A key chain equals portable inspiration.
A practical application using a wonderful image from a 1978 cover of Rolling Stone.
I know it’s a close-up of the key chain image, but I love the impact of the heart surrounding the expression on her face.
It is well-known how close Patti was to Robert Mapplethorpe, so I had to include a piece in honor of him. This is a vintage ad.
Arthur Rimbaud has been a deep influence on Patti’s life and work. The delicacy of this stencil is present in all Chiaroscuro‘s art.