M Train (Paperback)

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In her follow-up memoir to Just Kids, Smith takes us beyond her rise to notoriety and instead focuses on myriad aspects of life: her favorite coffee shop, Hurricane Sandy, a trip to the residence of Frida Kahlo, and the graves of artists like Plath, Rimbaud, Mishima.

— Brooke

Exquisitely rambling and lyrical, dreamlike prose peppers this elegiac mediation on the pursuit of a meaningful life through art. Fueled by endless mugs of black coffee and musings on creative obsessions, it feels like less of a memoir and more like a series of leisurely cafe chit-chats...and it's time well-spent.--Todd

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National Bestseller
Featuring a new postscript including five new photos from Patti Smith

From the National Book Award winning author ofJust Kids an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafes 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 cafe 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 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.

About the Author

Patti Smithis 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, includingHorses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time byRolling 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 includeJust Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, W tt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, andAuguries 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."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101910160
ISBN-10: 110191016X
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English