Reading Just Kids was not only an enriching experience as a writer, but as a reader. Your writing and your story inspired the artist in me to become more active again. Your story is a work of art in itself, awe inspiring in the tiniest details in the ever present theme of beauty, pain, and transformation.
I found myself inspired by the relationship that you and Robert shared, it was almost difficult to wrap my head around. The way you portrayed your closeness to him and the level of understanding you shared was beautiful and honest beyond words. It was a powerful example of the interconnectedness, love and appreciation that comes from a connection forged by circumstance, art, passion. It was very pure in a sense to me.
I hadn’t listened to your music before reading this book, but I know my parents did. I never thought of the “genre” as my thing, but after finishing the book I had to find out (it took me far too long) but I listened to Horses all day, and I loved it. I wanted to know if this line at the end of the section when you were leaving the Chelsea was referencing the name of your album, as a turning point in your life, if not, it is still a beautiful connection, “I felt 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.”
Your style of writing is one of my favorites that I have ever encountered, but incredibly difficult to describe. You can bring to light intangible ideas in a way that makes them tangible, like Robert’s relationship with art, with anything, as if you were describing a desk or the sun shining through the window. It brings physical and touchable weight and texture to emotions and experiences, and history, feeling, and deep meaning to inanimate objects in a way that is enchanting, colorful and deep.
Towards the end of this book I cried a lot. At the beauty, and at the loss, and how they both exist perfectly inside one another. I was really inspired to humor my artistic side after I finished this, I wanted to take photos, strip down everything I’m timid about or afraid of and just do it, just create something, and that in itself is a very powerful thing.
Thank you Patti Smith.