One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art - Oscar Wilde

Friday, 14 October 2011

Just Kids

Sometimes, it's just nice to stay in, turn off your phone, and snuggle up with a really good book and a mug of cocoa (sssh). As a massive fan of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography, I recently decided to read a memoir of his life, Just Kids, written by his long term friend and muse, Patti Smith. I can say that it was hands down one of the best books I have ever read and it literally made me want to go back in time to late 60's/70's New York and just Hang Out at the Hotel Chelsea. Better still, the entire book is peppered with personal photos that Robert took of Patti; photos of taken of the two of them; and some of their art. Not only were they super stylish, but it truly is a brilliant story, beautifully told. It is also an extremely uplifting account of two soulmates, who loved art for its own sake, and who did not try and fit a mould or quash their imperfections. I recommend. 

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