Happy Thursday, Friends!
We are almost there...... THE WEEKEND! Can't wait. We can do it :)
It's been a pretty good 4 day week. Steak was grilled, wine was drank, lentil tacos were made, Bonnaroo You -Tubing took place, and now its Thursday and I am hosting Book Club... which has now turned into "Jazz Under the Stars" :) The book we were supposed to read is called Just Kids by Patti Smith. I kindled it and have read a little but I've just been so busy doing stuff that I haven't had a moment to sit and just read. So, I am, yet again, unprepared for book club. =/ I really do intend on reading it all though... it has been getting great reviews.
About the book:
It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.
Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.
Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame. - Harper Collins
“Just Kids” captures a moment when Ms. Smith and Mapplethorpe were young, inseparable, perfectly bohemian and completely unknown, to the point in which a touristy couple in Washington Square Park spied them in the early autumn of 1967 and argued about whether they were worth a snapshot. The woman thought they looked like artists. The man disagreed, saying dismissively, “They’re just kids.”
Here is an article from the NY Times about the book if you are interested.
Has anyone heard of SVPPLY? I'm sure you have... my friend told me about it a couple years ago and I kind of forgot about it until I got an email that "blank blank likes your SVPPLY" and so I thought I would check back in. Here are some of my picks that I've selected. If you are familiar with this site you will know that you can click the link under the image and it will take you to my personal page and you can see what I've picked and you can buy it (buy for me, too! ha ha) or you can look for stuff on others pages... it's pretty addicting once you get the hang of it. Anyways, I just thought I would share.
I'll end with a quote by Patti Smith. Good thoughts.
peace n blessins. hb