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The national bestseller from the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, exploring the nature of creative invention A work of creative brilliance may seem like magicits source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our cultures beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsessiona young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camuss house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weils grave in a lonely ce...

Title : Devotion
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ISBN : 9780300218626
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 95 pages
Status : Available For Download
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Devotion Reviews

  • Constance

    Devotion is delivered to the reader in a bouquet of immortelle with a sword hidden in the middle.

    I've said it before and will continue to reiterate, Ms Smith's books are to be read slowly, methodically or you will miss the magic.

    I was ecstatic when Devotion finally arrived. I skipped through my home holding it dear to my heart.

    Later I read a few pages, and slept with it beside me. The connection of her work is that potent; having the book close while you sleep is safety.

    "Why do we write? Because

  • Offbalance

    While I often say that my love of Patti Smith's writing is massive and boundless, I may now have to qualify that to say that my love of Patti Smith's nonfiction is boundless. I could stand on street corners and harangue complete strangers into reading her absolutely perfect memoir Just Kids. It's a book so beautiful that it made me cry on the subway before 8am on a weekday. (Usually if I tear up under those circumstances, it has to do with a foul odor, or the knowledge that the week is far from ...more

  • Alessandra Anyzewski

    Cha-to. Ai ela é chata nessa coisa de fazer referências o tempo todo. É um dos aspectos de Só Garotos que eu menos gostava. Aí ela resolve escrever esse conto super mal construído. O enredo é até interessantezinho mas a forma de contar é de uma pobreza de construção sem precedentes. Só levou 2 estrelas por ser da Patti Smith.

  • David Schaafsma

    Devotion by Patti Smith was the 2016 Windham-Campbell Lecture at Yale University. Smith, a singer, writer, and photographer, wrote M Train and Just Kids and several volumes of poetry. Her album Horses is widely viewed as one of the great rock albums of all time.

    Where does her inspiration come from? Smith writes every day, usually in a café in Manhattan. She’s in her seventies now, having survived a husband and a long time partner, Robert Mapplethorpe, and is still writing and making music. New

  • Robin

    Patti Smith is a gift.

  • Chris

    While at the Harvard Book Store last week, I decided to console myself with the fact I couldn't make yet another trip in two weeks' time back to the city to see Patti Smith live, by purchasing her new book. I adore her, but in this case, I should have purchased a remainder hard cover copy of my beloved "M Train" instead of her newest. I was looking for this to be "M Train 2.0," but instead got an odd little 100-page book divided in three parts.

    Part I is her recounting a trip to France; Part II

  • Sophie

    Why is one compelled to write? To set oneself apart, cocooned, rapt in solitude, despite the wants of others. Virginia Woolf had her room. Proust his shuttered windows. Marguerite Duras her muted house. Dylan Thomas his modest shed. All seeking an emptiness to imbue with words. The words that will penetrate virgin territory, crack unclaimed combinations, articulate the infinite. [...] There are stacks of notebooks that speak of years of aborted efforts, deflated euphoria, a relentless pacing of

  • Sara

    “Como no tenemos pasado, solo tenemos presente y futuro. A todos nos gustaría creer que sólo provenimos de nosotros mismos, que todos nuestros gestos son propios. Pero entonces descubrimos que pertenecemos a la historia y al destino de un gran linaje de seres humanos que también podrían haberse deseado ser libres.

    No hay señales que nos indiquen quiénes somos. Ni una estrella, ni una cruz, ni un número en la muñeca. Somos nosotras mismas. Tu don solo viene de ti misma. «Un corazón aturde a otro»