M Train

M Train❰KINDLE❯ ❅ M Train Author Patti Smith – Oaklandjobs.co.uk M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was and writes in her notebook Through prose that M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was and writes in her notebook Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality past and present we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith acuires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West th Street subway station filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet Plath Rimbaud and MishimaWoven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation Here too are singular memories of Smith's life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband Fred Sonic SmithBraiding despair with hope and consolation illustrated with her signature Polaroids M Train is a meditation on travel detective shows literature and coffee It is a powerful deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today. I can't believe Patti Smith wrote a book about drinking black coffee and watching serial crime dramas and it's the best thing I've ever read Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top while the creative impulse dwelling in the center informs all Patti Smith M Train My second Patti Smith memoir This one was experimental and nonlinear than Just Kids which still wasn't exactly linear It was filled with dreams detective shows talismans cats constant travels coffee coffee missing things memories loose threads graveyards hotels photographs and miles and miles of beautiful lyrical Patti Smith prose In the end Patti Smith made me cry She took these dreams and random memories periods of loneliness and melancholia artists and lost things and brought them together into a coherent love note to life art and love She stitched together ideas and travel and talismans of her life into a coherent and moving exploration of things belief and creativity God it was beautiful I want to be Patti Smith when I grow up I listen to Patti Smith's audible The very first thing I notice was her voice Her raspy eastern accent was mesmerizing As I was walking I could picture Patti in the cafe she sat drinking coffee She saysIt's not so easy writing about nothing Easy or not I had a warm smile on my face listening to everything she had to say at times aching and soooo loving this woman There is a mystery about Patti Smith which adds to her beauty Her mind is fascinating A coffee drinker loner a thinker a dreamer a writer musician a poet a gorgeous suburban artist There were so many 'tender smilie feeling things' Patti roll off her tongue plus sadness I felt deep in my belly I'd like to own the physical bookTake a copy of her book sit in a cafe myself 'drinking' in her wordsreading her lovely prose myself 'while' still hearing the sound of her voice in my ears Kinda really love this woman Her speaking voice really 'is' intoxicating Sometimes the right book finds us at the right time For me this was the book No linear no plot to speak of just musings and meanderings of a creative woman Search for the perfect coffee cafés Hurricane Sandy her obsession with detective shows and the way she enters into the lives of authors and novels At times her writing is poetic at others very poignant especially when thinking or remembering her husband Fred and her children when they were young Her photography travels conferences and visits to author's graves her likes and frustrations Not sure what others will think of this book but for some reason it spoke to me In my life I have had various musical periods where I would want to listen to one artist exclusively for a period of time exhausting myself on listening over and over again to all the media I could get There was a long Led Zeppelin period back in HS also a Doors period and The Police In college I had a REM period and U2 At other times sporadically over the years I have experienced this binge listening and I always enjoy the time its like meeting a new friend and wanting to spend all of your extra time and making time to spend with that person I have also done this with writers spending weeks and even months reading every book or story from them I could get my hands onAt some point I was in the middle of a long The Clash marathon and I would listen to London Calling or Combat Rock over and over sometimes rewinding and listening to the same song over and over Following this period was a shorter Bruce Springsteen period But for a brief time maybe only a few weeks like a torrid and clandestine affair I was introduced to Patti Smith and I was enrapturedWhat struck me most and I can still see the sunlight flashing past as I listened to her music in my car or the night sky outside my room was the vibrancy of her music Although she could sing about troubling subjects she never seemed outright angry only alive and resplendent in her stridency Songs like “Dancing Barefoot” and “Free Money” demonstrate her edgy but ultimately human and vulnerable worldview – a perspective that is often than not personal and immediateOf course her 1975 album Horses was a lovely gem; she was a tough skinny girl who could belt out lyrics and be artsy but it was also entertaining I could imagine her dancing on stage and moving with the rhythms I always thought of The Doors 1971 album LA Woman when I listened to Horses and I guess the most direct connection is the poetry But whereas Morrison came across as bluesy and world weary Smith was on the attack She was anarchic and spirited but not as Sex Pistols nihilism but rather in a practiced emotionalism that wanted to send a message but also wanted to dance and have funPatti Smith would have been a great girlfriendHer 2015 book of musings and curious observations M Train reveals that the 69 year old may have slowed down some but her inuisitive and energetic mind is as effervescent as everSometimes pensive freuently introspective as she looks back over a long and colorful life she is always energetically uestioning her surroundings looking for answers and uestions to ask easily able to be caught up in a book or idea and with the freedom and ability to pick up and travel and see some part of the world or visit the grave of a lost artist The ubiuitous black coffee and black bread with a dish of olive oil in cafés all over the world was a familiar and intimate detailThroughout the book I found myself smiling at something she had written or a way in which she had expressed a thought Her poetry was never far from the surface and this fluency of artistic demonstration coupled with her ever present practicality and immediacy so much like her music was pleasingAnother element of this book that was especially enjoyable was her freuent and list worthy referencing of artists and works from books to films to music This reminded me of Jo Walton’s 2011 fantasy work Among Others I saw another reviewer had listed all of the artists in a comment following his review and I want to copy this down and use as a part of my own “to be read” library listWhether you are a Patti Smith fan or not this is a very well written and very enjoyable book If you are unfamiliar with her or her work this would make for an excellent introduction to this extremely talented and multi dimensional artist What's the point of reading books? Do they really help? Sometimes – compulsively turning pages to lift your mood – you have to wonder I think often of a line I read once in an Orhan Pamuk novel ‘Books which we mistake for consolation only add depth to our sorrow’ That hurts so much that you feel there must be something to itIt's been uite some time now since the fascination and joy I get from books could be ascribed to youthful enthusiasm but I still worry that I'll reach some older wiser state from where I'll look back with a sense that I should have been doing something else with my free time It's a relief and a joy then to follow the wide eyed childlike wonder that Patti Smith in her late sixties still has for reading in this melancholy peripatetic masterpiece about creativity and loss I finished M Train and immediately stuck Patti Smith's picture up over my desk among a small number of other heroes of creative inspiration She is magnificentAt the beginning and end of this work she says somewhat disingenuously that it's an attempt to write about nothing and indeed a lot of what's in here has the meandering immediacy of the journal entries on which it's clearly based What took me by surprise when I started it was just the modernity of its setting – although it ranges through the past and around the world it is anchored in her daily life in cafés and hotel rooms of the contemporary world After reading Just Kids which is infused with the atmosphere of 60s New York and full of stories about watching Janis Joplin get high and write songs it was pretty bizarre to open this one up and read about Patti Smith's obsession with bingeing onITV3 mystery dramas late into the night I settled in giving myself over to the likes of Morse Lewis Frost Wycliffe and Whitechapel—detective inspectors whose moodiness and obsessive natures mirrored my own In between shows were upcoming scenes from the highly anticipated Cracker marathon to be aired on ITV3 the following Tuesday Though Cracker wasn't the standard detective show it stands among my favoritesOf all the things I expected Patti Smith to be talking about an ITV3 Cracker marathon comes pretty low on the list But what's so clever about M Train is that these passages of amiable banality shade almost imperceptibly into deep moody reflections on the cities she travels through the writers associated with them and the cafés where she spends her time reflecting on it all in her Moleskine Themes like patterns in iron filings emerge as her magnetic prose style passes over them from writers we move usually to writers' deaths – she visits the graves of Rimbaud in France Jean Genet in Morocco Sylvia Plath in Yorkshire and Yukio Mishimo in Japan – while her own memories increasingly circle around her husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith who died in 1994 when he was only 45The way she talks about reading is wonderful – completely open completely uncynical admiring the positive ualities in everything but somehow without any sense of being undiscriminating She'd be great on Goodreads although she'd probably be one of those annoying people who just five stars everything they read It will be a strong reader indeed who can walk away from this one without a list of further books to track down and if you've ever wondered fleetingly whether some kind of real book could ever be made of your own scattered book reviews travel diaries and journal entries then this book shows that it can indeed be done and succeed triumphantlyMore to the point she shows you how reading and writing works as a form of mental wellbeing of self healing of keeping an even keel in the world She shows not only how loss can sometimes spark creativity but how creative urges can in turn help you deal with loss and respond to it imaginatively She's a model of what wisdom without cynicism sounds like Yeah this is a beautiful work and I admire it enormously Reading the lovely Proustian interlude that is M Train I felt like a shadow angel trailing Patti Smith from Café 'Ino down the block from her New York apartment to the far flung places in her past and present that twirl like ribbons in her poetry her songs her art M Train is a meditation on this artist's life kaleidoscope than memoir a shifting wonder that spills pieces of colored glass memories The clarity of Patti Smith's language the fragility of her voice made me want to wrap my arms around her words to keep them safe an odd and vaguely patronizing thing to say about an artist who has never been anything but her raw true self in a business that forces creativity through the meat grinder of glossy image and correction of imperfection But Patti's solitude and her bittersweet longing for her husband Fred Sonic Smith are so achingly present here it's impossible not to feel connected and protective to the Woman even as you hold the Artist in reverence An elegiac tone is set by the revisiting either literal or in the mind of the graves or homes of now deceased artists who influenced Smith's own work And by the poignant recounting of her life with Fred whom she mourns like a songbird sweet and gentle This is a restful book—not a book about nothing as Smith suggests in its opening line—but a book about everything that makes a life dishes coats cats coffee books music poetry friendship travel love loss Thanks for letting us sit with you awhile Patti Smith Next time the coffee is on me Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch once said in an interview that if all culture breaks down he's following Patti Smith Much of the pleasure of reading Smith's nostalgic M Train is that it offers fascinating insights into her interior life her dreams her uixotic travel adventures her literary obsessions listed in my Comment below and her minimalist bohemian tastes for such things as black coffee brown bread with olive oil Polaroids word games moleskines detective stories and her favorite black coat lost “I don’t like anything superfluous she writes Smith's memoir will appeal to anyone with an appreciation for her rare personal aesthetics I can't believe how much I enjoyed this upon re reading it The years grow on you and Patti Smith's writing grew on me too; I admire her so much and this book though a bit listless is so beautifully written Her sentiments are profound and admirable and though I could never truly take a look insider her head this feels for only an instant that I can 45 stars Original reviewIn M Train Patti Smith creates something deeply personal and lyrically beautiful but not something that will necessarily resonate with a wide audience Not uite a follow up to her 2010 National Book Award winning memoir Just Kids M Train is Smith's ode to coffee art travel Haruki Murakami her late husband growing old Rockaway Beach The Killing and other surprisingly disjointed facets of her life Her fascinations are endless and she lives uite like you'd expect an artist to live; authentically minimally spontaneously passionately And while these stories of her life are uniue intriguing and well written they are uite scatteredAs a fan of Patti Smith especially after having read Just Kids I found myself enjoying this book immensely But if someone were unfamiliar with her or her previous works I can't imagine this would be a satisfying read I truly think of her as a kindred spirit what with her fear of immersion in water her general perception of the world love of reading and desire to document things in photograph But people who may not feel the same way would perhaps find this book well pointlessWhile I didn't adore it as much as I was hoping I still greatly appreciate how Patti Smith pushes me to see beauty in the world record my experiences lose things and let them go and live artfully She is an inspiration And this book was just a brief glimpse into her struggles her travels her life leaving maybe a bit too much to the imagination Or perhaps that's exactly what she wants for the reader Either way I was left wanting but still appreciative of the moments I had while reading this book 35 stars A very uiet elegiac book memories linked one to the next that's the train the M train In tone it reminded me of the works of WG Sebald than of her earlier book Just Kids It has none of the exuberance of that memoir of youth in which she recaptured the tone the feeling of youth This is the voice the mind of an older person looking back through a tangible scrim of loss And yet her memories are very much a child showing you the contents of his pockets his array of child treasures It's an image that recurs in various ways throughout the book from what she carried in her own lightly packed bags on journeys from Tangier to Japan to London contents of pockets of drawers tiny bits of sacredness In my favorite section of the book she and her then new husband Fred Sonic Smith voyage to the prison of Saint Laurent du Maroni in French Guiana once the jumping off place to Devil's island closed in 1930 as inhumane It was crazy yet thoughtful pilgrimage in honor of Jean Genet the criminal turned writer and a hero of Patti's who always wanted to be imprisoned there the very pinnacle of a French criminal career He never succeeded but she went to find a stone to bring back for Genet who was still alive at the time Though she never completed that circuit until late in the book when she took the stone to Genet's grave in France this early episode has many of the earmarks of the entire book a peek into the life she shared with a man who fully embraced who she was and possessed many of the eccentricities and enthusiasms she did Who understood that we live on the symbolic as well as on the real level as Tennessee Williams says in Night of the Iguana the realistic and the fantastic It is a pilgrimage and Patti is nothing if not a literary and artistic pilgrim doing much to revisit the sacred spots of an artist's legacy I adored this aspect of the book as a great lover of such pilgrimages maybe it's part of being a writer which is about preservation of human memory So many pockets with so many treasures stones pens leaves tickets a lost toy Fred Smith always liked to keep with him a shred of one or another true cross Her apartment full of such treasures autographs memorabilia bits of the Real imbued with the symbolic Photographs of her travels odd and full of secret meaning including the mysterious Sebald like photographs in the book all shot with a suare Polaroid camera Of course she would photograph with a Polaroid it is uniue in that there's only one image there's no negative only an original So a Polaroid itself becomes a sacred and irreplaceable artifact Patti Smith has a very strong relationship with physical objects which she handles owns wears When she loses her faithful coat she mourns it as if it was a child or a friend Naturally a person like this always wears the same things eats the same things sits in the same place in her favorite cafes a certain self monasticizing which isn't so much about spartan ness as the necessity for a deep emotional investment in the ritual object Pilgrimage and treasure ritual objects lost worlds and people form the fabric of this intensely moving and yes sad book The feel of it haunts you long after you finish reading it I didn't get so much of a jump up and make everybody read this reaction to the book that I had with Just Kids its a difficulty shaking it off like a dream that speaks to you so deeply you can't just run around doing your thing the next day you carry it around with you turn it over in your palm at odd moments It's a pocketful of treasures of things and times lost that you want to handle and dream about

M Train ePUB ¼ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 279 pages
  • M Train
  • Patti Smith
  • English
  • 06 June 2014
  • 9781408867709