Friday, February 05, 2010

Patti Smith

[I love the new Patti Smith autobiography, Just Kids:]

"My treasured objects were mingled with the laundry. My work area was a jumble of manuscript pages, musty classics, broken toys and talismans. I tacked pictures of Rimbaud, Bob Dylan, Lotte Lenya, Piaf, Genet and John Lennon over a makeshift desk, where I arranged my quills, my inkwell, and my notebooks - my monastic mess."


"...It had been raining anddroplets trickled down from his thick curls. He had on a white shirt, damp and sodden agianst his skin. Like Jean Genet, Robert was a terrible thief. Genet was caught and imprisoned for stealing rare volumes of Proust and rolls of silk from a shirt maker. Aesthetic thieves."

From Clement Greenberg's famous "Avant-Garde and Kitsch":

"... the Romantics can be considered the original sinners whose guilt kitsch inherited. They showed kitsch how. What does Keats write about mainly, if not the effect of poetry upon himself."


Blogger Ben Gage said...

I'm going to have to read this book, thanks...

10:25 AM  

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