I absolutely loved reading about your beginnings and life with Robert Mapplethorpe. I wasn’t very familiar with either of your back stories, and it was such a great read, from beginning to end. I have a habit of not finishing books so that they don’t have to be over, but finishing yours was a must.
First of all, I love your writing style. While I read, you story seemed to be alive and very dynamic. It was not a boring recounting of events by any means. But I think my most favorite thing about your book is the way you honored all the connections and synchronizations between yours and Robert’s lives separately and together. I loved that you and he had a color, and many talismans that represented important things in your relationship and the way these things seemed to show back up from time to time. I loved your attention to certain dates and relating them back to important births, deaths, and other major life events. I could feel how very meaningful certain things were through your words.
Some of my favorite things were the Persian necklace from when you and Robert first met, your signature blue star, and the little lamb figurine. I am perpetually attaching meaning to symbols and carrying them with me through life, and it was nicely familiar reading about the way you had done this in your life (although your beginnings in New York City were a lot more exciting than the same time period in my life that look place in the suburbs of Atlanta, not pursuing art). Again, these sacred symbols seemed to pop back up in the most meaningful times and the grand finale would have to be Robert’s desk. I was a little taken aback that you did not buy all of this most prized possessions at auction, but at the same time immediately understood your need to let go and the confusion surrounding that decision. The fact that the desk re-entered your life later on, even though you do not own it, really reinforces the important symbolism of you and Robert. Thanks for sharing your beautiful, magical and bittersweet story with the world.