Small Appreciations

Just Kids by Patti Smith

It’s the commitment that is the most striking aspect of Patti Smith’s memoir. That is, her commitment to the pursuit of art through hunger, sleeping rough and squalid living conditions in New York in the late sixties and the beginning of the seventies. That commitment was inspired by a rare family trip to the Museum of Art in Philadelphia when she was 12, where “…secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.” Continue reading “Small Appreciations”