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Posts Tagged: Patti Smith

What to Read When You are Visited by Grief

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Annie Connole shares a reading list to celebrate THE SPRING.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Lilly Dancyger

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Lilly Dancyger discusses her debut essay collection, NEGATIVE SPACE.

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Claiming Our Untold Stories: Talking with Gina Frangello

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Gina Frangello discusses her debut memoir, BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN.

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A Thousand Interlinked Details: Maybe the People Would Be the Times by Luc Sante

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With so much to hear in every moment, for Sante, the page is a score, the world a song.

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A Year In Rumpus Book Reviews 2020

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A look back at the books we reviewed in 2020!

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Notable Philadelphia: 10/15–10/21

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Literary events in and around Philly this week!

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Notable NYC: 9/14–9/20

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Literary events in and around NYC this week!

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The Language of Grief: Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li

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To grieve is to demonstrate dedication to those we love.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #92: Perfection

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You will now find some version of the list below. It is imperfect.

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Sound & Vision: Ray Padgett

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Allyson McCabe talks with Ray Padgett about his new book, Cover Me, and the blog that inspired it, giving us a fascinating window into the craft and business of making music.

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Sound & Vision: Anthony DeCurtis

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Allyson McCabe talks with Anthony DeCurtis, author and music journalist, about the art of the interview, his friendship with Lou Reed, and teaching in the digital age.

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Going Off-Script: A Conversation with Mandy Len Catron

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Mandy Len Catron discusses How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays, what makes for a thoughtful love story, and the politics of love.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Samantha Irby

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Samantha Irby discusses her new essay collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, all that comes along with writing about your life, and reading great horror books.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #73: Prince Rogers Nelson, Guitar Player: A Symposium

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I started thinking about additional, more slantwise ways we might talk about his legacy. What if I organized a bunch of guitar players?

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The “Transmutation” of Objects

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For Open Culture, Ayun Halliday investigates Patti Smith’s relationship to objects and literature, highlighting how the songwriter, artist, and author looks to objects in order to feel “closer” to her favorite writers: She and husband Smith celebrated their first anniversary by collecting stones from the French Guiana penal colony, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, in an effort to feel closer […]

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Mapplethorpe Biopic Stars Announced

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The Mapplethorpe Foundation is backing a biopic on the photographer’s life, and Pitchfork reports that film’s stars have been cast: Doctor Who’s Matt Smith will be playing Robert Mapplethorpe, and Zosia Mamet of Girls will be playing Patti Smith. Like Smith’s Just Kids, the film will explore the relationship between the two artists and the […]

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Patti Smith’s “Obsessively Literary” New Memoir

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Over at the New York Review of Books, Geoffrey O’Brien discusses iconic poet and punk-rocker Patti Smith’s new memoir, M Train: What the book expresses supremely well is the tentativeness of every movement forward, the sense of following a path so risky, so sketchily perceptible, that at any moment one might go astray and never be heard […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Garth Risk Hallberg

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Garth Risk Hallberg talks about his debut, City on Fire, living in New York City now and in the ’70s, and the anxiety and gratitude you feel when your first novel generates so much buzz.

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The Rumpus Interview with Christopher Bollen

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Author Christopher Bollen talks about his sophomore novel, Orient, secrets and privacy, sexual orientation in fiction, and the lost art of the whodunit mystery.

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Too Excited for Words

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Have you heard the good news? Singer-songwriter Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is going to be made into a mini-series. The Guardian reported that Smith will co-write the show with John Logan (who created Penny Dreadful for Showtime). “The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and […]

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Lollapalooza Nostalgia

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In celebration of this era recently stirred up by the release of Montage of Heck, the Washington Post published an oral history of Lollapalooza’s most alternative of tours. In 1995, Lollapalooza’s founders took a break from booking platinum artists and experimented with featuring a lineup that matched the “indie” and “alternative” labels that are now so […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Sarah Tomlinson

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Author Sarah Tomlinson talks about ghostwriting, her father and childhood, the tradition of confessional writing, and her new memoir, Good Girl.

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Song of the Day: “Kimberly”

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Multi-talented artist and writer Patti Smith has influenced groups disparate as Sonic Youth, R.E.M., and Madonna. Her seminal 1975 album Horses helped to spur the early punk movement in New York City. Smith was an important member of the scene which spawned punk heroes The Ramones, Television, and The Sex Pistols. The infectious rhythm guitar on the upbeat track “Kimberly,” from […]

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Voodoo Chile

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A decade ago, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah stopped by Electric Lady Studios; ten years later, she’s writing about it for The Believer: Maybe that’s why it’s difficult not to feel sentimental, blessed even, when one gets a chance to go inside. There is something about Electric Lady that feels sacrosanct. From the moment the discreet, glass-paned […]

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