I'../../2010/11/why-i-love-patti-smith-rooting-for-you.html">still giddy over Patti Smith winning the National Book Award for Just Kids, and want to share a few cool things sent to me afterward.
WQED, the great NPR station in San Francisco, wrote to share this recent episode where Patti read from Just Kids for their weekly reading series, The Writers' Block. Listen here:
Betsy Lerner, the wonderful agent and adviser Patti I share, also had some memorable moments on her blog. First, she toasted the win the most appropriate way: a stunning passage from the book:
“Many would not make it. Candy Darling died of cancer, Tinkerbelle and
Andrea Whips took their lives. Others sacrificed themselves to drugs and
misadventure. Taken down, the stardom they so desired just out of
reach, tarnished stars falling from the sky. I feel no sense of
vindication as one of the handfuls of survivors. I would rather have
seen them all succeed, catch the brass ring. As it turned out, it was I
who got one of the best horses.”
The next day, Betsy gushed and thanked everyone for the crush of phone and email congratulations. Then she said, "My mother congratulated me and then said, 'why do you think it won?' And
that, my friends, is all you really need to know about me."
Hahaha. It's safest NOT to draw any comparisons to my own life publicly.
I still have all of Horses on my iPhone, and had the urge to play "Land" at a little dinner party up in the Catskills last night. Of the three other people there, I'd met one two days earlier, and the others two hours earlier. (Possibly more on this little adventure soon.)
I wasn't sure it was completely . . . appropriate. The song is still a little out there. And I suddenly worried it might feel dated. I hit Play anyway. They loved it. I think I'll see them again.