I longed to read them all, and the things I read of produced new yearnings.
Patti Smith, author of the acclaimed memoir Just Kids (winner of the National Book Award in 2010), has a new book coming out in October called M Train. Amazon.com describes M Train as "an unforgettable odyssey into the mind of this legendary artist, told
through the prism of cafés and haunts she has visited and worked in
around the world." In honor of her new book, we thought we might revisit some of Smith's oeuvre, and a few of the books she recommends.
For more books by Patti Smith available in the library catalog, try Woolgathering and Auguries of Innocence. Look for M Train to pop up in the catalog closer to its publication date!
If you are interested in reading like Patti Smith, she told Elle magazine, "I'm a real bookworm. I'm sort of a solitary person. I could recommend a million [books]. I would just say read anything by [Roberto] Bolaño. Re-read all
the great classics. Read The Scarlet Letter, read Moby-Dick, read [Haruki] Murakami. But Roberto Bolaño's 2666 is the first masterpiece of the 21st century." In the links below, the website Open Culture has a more complete list of Smith's recommendations from around of time of 2008's Melbourne International Arts Festival. These include:
Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Against Interpretation, and Other Essays by Susan Sontag [eBook]
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa [eBook]
Here's Patti Smith's Winter Reading List [Elle]
Patti Smith's List of Favorite Books: From Rimbaud to Susan Sontag [Open Culture]
Patti Smith's author profile on Goodreads