Weekend Inspiration #38

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  • Yes! Last winter. It made me cry. Such a beautiful story. Life is love.

  • Agree, touching story …. Retro & Beans – http://www.retrobeans.com

  • I love it too! Even the presentation of the book, with the rough hewn pages and the sepia wash, is beautiful!

  • I didn’t but tell us when you did and how was it :)


  • no, but i’d really love to! patti smith rules :)


  • Oui ! il est génial.

  • Nop – Is it good? I’m looking for something new to read.


  • stephanie October, 13 2012, 1:55 / Reply

    This book is amazing! She really does transport you back to a time where people supported each other and it wasn’t all about being famous…

  • It’s one of my favourites and its written so beautifully! Their story is full of magic,love and creativity.

  • Oui! Et elle y décrit incroyablement bien à quel point l’allure est bien une histoire d’inspiration plutôt que de pièces hors de prix ou de tendances qu’il faudrait suivre à tout prix! Bises Garance, et merci encore pour ce très beau site!

  • Read it when it first came out. I went to elementary school with a member of her band, Richard Sohl, who unfortunately passed away. And one of my neighbors replaced him after he died. I really like the way she writes and was glad she chose to share her story with us.

  • Yes, and I loved it. It’s such an amazing love story.

  • Not yet, but am planning to! Tell us how it is!!

  • Oh oui…
    Et j’ai tellement aimé. C’est comme un instantané d’une époque, d’une allure. Une photo d’une histoire, d’un bref instant, d’une histoire d’amour qui fait valser art et complexité. J’ai eu la chance de la voir en concert et croyez moi chère Garance, il y a dans toute sa personne ces années lointaines mais si inspirantes. J’ai adoré ce livre, et depuis est devenue également une grande fan du travail de Mapplethorpe.
    En le lisant, j’ai eu envie d’être inspirée, de connaître ça, et en le refermant, je l’ai été.

  • No, but I did smell the candle. figuier started my my unhealthy candle fetish.

  • Such a great picture of New-york of the 70’s…loved it.

  • No, I didn’t but I really really love Figuier by Diptique candle.. I got the same…

  • I don’t know the book but now I;m curious ;)

  • Carrie Ryder October, 13 2012, 3:34 / Reply

    So great! Beautiful and sad. I loved the bits about her and Robert living in the Chelsea.

  • Yes, but not all of it. It´s a lovely description of two young artists and their struggle. However the story repeats itself over and over again, and at some point it doesn´t bring more new on. Have you read it?

  • Yes! Absolutely one of my favorite books this year. I cried at the end. Reading about Smith’s and Mapplethorpe’s artistic and personal journeys was so inspiring. It’s also fun to look at photographer Judy Linn’s book “Patti Smith 1969-1976” alongside “Just Kids.”

  • No, I haven’t read it but as far as other people are saying it looks great. On top of that, it looks perfect as a piece of decor too, just like the candle!


  • I’m really triggered to read it because of your recommendation
    and the stories of your commenters!
    Defenitely on my to-read list now!
    And the candle on the picture, have one too
    and they are delicous!


  • Beautifully written book. Real, sad, and inspiring. A tale of a time when being an artist was a true sacrifice with passion. Love this book.

  • Je l’ai terminé il y a maintenant trois jours, ce livre est fantastique, à l’image des deux artistes en question. Patti Smith retrace extraordinairement bien chaque détail de sa vie, partagée avec l’excellent photographe Robert Mapplethorpe; on en apprend sur toutes ces années vécues intensément… Simplement magique. J’ai complètement été plongée dans la folie des vies bohémiennes d’artistes en tout genre aux Etats-Unis à l’époque de Woodstock et de toutes les bonnes choses au fondement du Rock n’ Roll !
    En bref, à lire absolument pour les amateurs (ou non!) de l’art, de la vie.

  • couturier October, 13 2012, 4:21 / Reply

    Oui je l’ai lu, et quelle découverte. Je ne connaissais pas trop l’oeuvre de Patty Smith et encore moins de Mapplethorpe. C’est un livre incroyablement fort et inspirant qui narre une époque que je n’ai pas connu mais qui m’a tout de suite plu. Une très belle écriture, un destin incroyable.
    C’est mon premier commentaire sur ton blog que je suis depuis très longtemps. Je voulais te remercier de me faire rire, d’illuminer mes journées et de me faire rêver d’un monde que je ne côtoie pas mais qui m’inspire.
    Bravo pour tes challenges…. les vidéos sont une réussite.

  • it is a radiant and inspiring read. i didn’t want it to end!

  • yes last year a dear friend lend it to me. it is a really sweet and sincere book. i want to read it in english because although the spanish translation is good there’s always a few things lost. i can say that i almost cry with it, it’s a great memoir and a beautiful and inspiring love story between to people that met at the right place in the right time. And i remember when i read it i was all like “midnight in paris mode on” but with the chelsea scene, like totally obsessed with the late sixties, beginning of the seventies, it was like everyone that appears in that book is someone that i admire.

  • No, i didn.t, but I want to, is probably Really beautiful !!
    I’m posting accessories from Los Angeles on my blog!
    Take a look!


  • Katherine October, 13 2012, 5:38 / Reply

    Yes! She is a beautiful writer. I am really excited to see her on stage at the end of the month.

  • Cecilija October, 13 2012, 5:53 / Reply

    Yes, as soon as it got out. I was always intrigued by NY of the time, Chelsea Hotel people, Patty’s style and, since I didn’t know much about her life, was very curious about the story she would tell.

    I loved it – the woman can write (daaah) and, equally importantly, it is a very honest book.

    I only wish it was bigger.

  • Weronika October, 13 2012, 6:29 / Reply

    Oh yes…

  • Oui mais en français :)

  • Oui, et il est juste fabuleux. Cette relation si passionée et à la fois si dramatique qu’elle a partagé avec son ami et amant, le célèbre photographe Robert Mappletorpe, est bouleversante. Patti Smith est d’une sincérité incroyable et sans artifices. Il faut le lire ! (larmes garanties).
    xx Clémentine

  • amandineR October, 13 2012, 7:06 / Reply

    Ouiiiiiiii! La semaine dernière, décidément… Je rêve d’aller au Chelsea Hotel maintenant.

  • Yes, love it. Way back when it was released, none of the bookstore in Hong Kong has it. I mailed over it from the US.

  • I love the excerpt from Hotel Chelsey,

    In between I clock the action. Eyeing the traffic circulating the lobby hung with bad art. Big invasive stuff unloaded on Stanley Bard in exchange for rent. The hotel is an energetic, desperate haven for scores of gifted hustling children from every rung of the ladder. Guitar bums and stoned-out beauties in Victorian dresses. Junkie poets, playwrights, broke-down filmmakers, and French actors. Everybody passing through here is somebody, if nobody in the outside world.

  • best. book. ever.

  • Je suis en train de le lire ! Et le fait d’habiter NY lui donne une saveur particulière! Je regrette même de ne pas avoir connu ce NY tellement plus bohème qu’il ne l’est aujourd’hui…


  • Great read, great girl. Saw her perform last night in Los Angeles joined by Johnny Depp and Flea.
    A performer not to be missed!

  • Really? Omg I die with envy! Lucky you!

  • I’m obsessed with the 60/70s and adore it. It makes that kind of life seem so poetic, doesn’t it?….x

  • Not so far, but I must say, I am curious, because you mention it. You see?
    I will have to look it up if they have it like an ebook, because here in Bolivia they won’t have it.
    So, either ebook or a real one and waiting for it at least 3 weeks(!).

    I’l do my best………
    Besos from Santa Cruz de la Sierra


  • hello…my first time here in this site..shoutout from the Philippines

  • J’aime d’amour ce livre.

  • Garaaaance! Why oh, why!!! All things I want for Christmas!!!



  • Il est génial! une très belle histoire, divinement racontée.

  • Oh how I wish!
    I own zero books, only a few dense novels. I’m going on a search after school ends for some books, I’ll definitely check it out (I don’t know much about Patti — except that she looks very very cool) :D

    The Lovelorn

  • oui, cet été et j’ai adoré. L’amour inconditionnel qui unit Patti Smith et Robert Mapplethorpe est beau, quoiqu’il se passe, ils sont toujours là l’un pour l’autre. J’ai aimé aussi la description de leur processus créatif, ça donne envie d’aller explorer notre univers intérieur, de faire des collages, de créer, d’esssayer, de se lâcher…. ça fait du bien

  • I actually chose to listen to it on Audible (book on iPhone) where Patti Smith reads it herself. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I could not imagine trying to hear her voice in my head reading it after hearing her thick New York accent and touching emotion in her voice. So incredible.

  • Pacifique October, 14 2012, 3:24 / Reply

    Ouiii ! Et beaucoup aimé ! Garance, une question : quelle est cette photo (et de qui est-elle), à gauche en arrière-plan et en noir et blanc? Elle me fait penser aux photos du Malien Seydou Keita… Merci.

  • Oh! Yes! I loved,her history ,it is so great,but I love her songs too!

  • I did.
    And I was so sad when the book ends, I wanted more of thaf beautiful story.

  • Pas encore, mais cela devient l’urgence du moment !

  • Love the book, it is beautiful and inspiring. Patti Smith is brilliant, a true original. She signed my copy after her Oran Mor gig in 2010. People have the power . . .

  • Yes, of course! She is a great woman, a real idol. (And also a great phptograper.) ?

  • Oui, je l’ai trouvé à la fois touchant et dérangeant, c’était une autre époque…

  • what a wonderful book Garance. I loved how it chronicled the sheer struggle and uncertainty felt by Patti and Robert as they pursued their creative instincts, and her description of NY in the 60s and 70s. Patti is such a hero of mine!

  • Clothilde October, 14 2012, 5:02 / Reply

    Oui, c’est vraiment un très bon livre

  • Virginie October, 14 2012, 5:02 / Reply

    Oh j’ai la même chez moi, dés le retour de vacances j’achète celle-ci ou Maquis qui me donne encore un peu de Corse…après je passerai à feu de Bois, ambiance Noel…

  • I haven’t read it! But from people opinion here, i’ll have to :)))) Sounds like very nice book



  • Oui… il a tourné dans la famille. On a tous été conquis par sa très, très belle écriture.

  • non pas encore, mais ce post tombe à pic pour me rappeler de le lire (beautiful pic btw! aaaah, les bougies Dyptique… tu t’es rapporté un petit peu de Paris là :)
    j’ai eu la chance de la voir en concert cette année à la fête de l’Huma, et c’était tout simplement magique.

  • non, pasencore lu, mais à lire tous les commentaires éloquents, je pense avoir trouvé mon prochain livre!!!!



  • Yes, I did it! And I loved it! It’s very well written, and Patti’s honesty and simplicity are remarkable. Free and pure spirits, that’s what they were!

  • Oh yes, and you’d love it!! great book, soooo inspiring!

  • Yes i have read that book, and loved it…

    have a great weekend…

  • Oui, génial et si poétique.

  • Margaux R October, 14 2012, 6:34 / Reply

    Oui, je l’ai dévoré début 2011, il est très bien écrit et fait découvrir une époque différente (j’ai 25 ans). J’ai eu la chance de pouvoir voir une exposition de Robert Mapplethorpe à Stockholm qui m’a permit de mettre des visuels sur ce que j’avais lu. Je me suis également procuré un livre de photographies de Patty Smith. Cette époque était passionante; je retrouve des éléments dans le Life de Keith Richards. Bonne lecture!

  • Chère Garance,

    Je ne suis une fan de la première heure, cela ne fait “que” 3 ans que je suis ton blog assiduement. Comme des milliers d’autres personnes en France et ailleurs, je l’ai vu évoluer, se chercher et se développer d’une façon plutôt agréable, car tout ce changement était mené intelligemment (avec beaucoup d’honnêteté et d’intuition, je trouve).
    En revanche, s’il y a bien une chose que je déplore, c’est la perte de spontanéité dans tes écrits. Même si ton humour et ton second degré en acier trempé restent bien là, on n’a plus droit à nos expressions frenchies et à nos tournures de phrase bizarroïdes qu’on ne trouve qu’à l’oral… Alors je sais bien que tu vis à New York, maintenant, tout ça tout ça, que Pardon My French soit 100% anglais, même quand tu interwiews des Français, bon, soit, mais quand même, fais quelque chose ,une cure, je ne sais pas moi, mais garde ton aisance en français bon sang de bonsoir !
    (bientôt wikipédia va nous dire que Grance Doré est une blogueuse américaine, et merde quoi ! Cocoricooooo!!! Elle vient du pays de l’apéro charcut/beurre/baguette, bande de maboules!)

    Sur cette crise de jalousie patriotique, (ouais ouais, je me suis relue, m’en fous j’assume) encore bravo pour ton travail, bravo aussi à ton équipe, ils ont tous l’air géniaux (et je fais partie des fans de Gino, c’est vrai qu’il est craquant)



  • Perfect for autumn reading. Merci Garance!

  • Jamais lu mais il me tente bien !


  • Diptyque Paris has fantastic scents, especially L’Eau de L’Eau. I love it!

  • Audrey.F October, 14 2012, 8:40 / Reply

    Oui juste magnifique … Je l’ai lu l’été dernier
    il te plait Garance ?

  • One of the best books for the past few years! Even in Russian it remained perfect.

  • Oh que oui je l’ai lu, trés trés beau roman…

  • Oui, en anglais cet été. Très bien écrit, touchant et beau.

  • Non, mais je suis bien intéressée…
    Je vais d’abord terminer celui que je suis en train de lire en ce moment, et je vais m’y atteler je pense.

  • Absolutely one of the best books I have read in the last 10 years. Such a lovely story.

  • Yes, I have, I read it last summer. No as good as I expected it to be, I was a little bit dissapointed, to be honest, but still very nice.

  • J’ai pas le livre mais j’ai la bougie :) du bonheur

  • Oui je l’ai lu, je n’aurais jamais imaginé sa vie et sa personnalité de cette façon!!
    Mais ds le même genre j’ai préféré la bio de Keith Richard!!

  • Evidemment:D
    Patti Smith, déesse ultime, trône dans mon panthéon des divinités depuis des lustres.
    Alors ce livre, c’était un condensé de bonheur.

    See you,


  • oui, sur la plage en Sardaigne. un bonheur…

  • Yes! One of the best books I’ve read in years. Patti Smith is a beautiful writer and so inspiring.

  • Gwendolyn October, 14 2012, 1:29 / Reply

    Yes, it is beautifully written!

  • Oui cet été en corse!!!
    J’ai adoré!! un de mes livres préférés!
    J’adore cette vie d’artiste en plein NY créatif! Son rapport aux vêtements est très intéressant aussi.

  • Marcella October, 14 2012, 4:47 / Reply

    Yes but I never want to finish it because it that is how much I love it and her writing is so good!

  • That book is amazing, especially her description of that époque at the Chelsea Hotel, Andy Warhol and . such. It is especially interesting to witness America when it is undergoing such progressive transformation and change via Patti Smith. :)

    If you’re a reader , I definitely recommend Kindle! v. portable… It’s lightweight and hence It’s been a great investment so far.

  • Yes et je le recommande ! Comme un voyage à travers le temps mais aussi très relatif à la vie de nos jours. J’ai pu la voir en concert récemment après l’avoir lu, on se sent transporté par ses paroles comme des échos du livre, d’un temps distant mais si proche par moments.

  • I read Patti’s book this year when I was having a ‘what to do with my life’ moment. Her prose writing style and her honest and simple story telling humbled me. It convinced me that I had to simplify myself.

    She has long been one of my favorite musicians, poets and inspirational women. This book just strengthened my opinion of her.

  • I read last year and loved it. A very good reading even for people, like myself, not very much “rock and roll” type.

  • Yea! I read it already when it came out,maybe 2 years ago. Its a wonderful book by the most inspiring woman in the universe. I love Patti Smith, started to listen to her when I was 15, in the 80ies, and loved her since. She is a wonderful poet and writer, and a great lady in rock’n roll. Her personal style is the coolest ever and she seems like a really really nice person. Saw her live some years ago, and my thought after the gig was ” Ok, now I can die in peace” I love Patti Smith!

  • ouiiiii, c’est une merveille cette bio, très poétique….bienvenu dans le milieu des poètes de la beat generation….

  • LALENTINA October, 15 2012, 6:43 / Reply

    yes i did…such a beautiful rock old style story…love nyc…nyc is everywhere in this book

  • My 2 favorite things. I wear this scent everyday & I adore this book.

  • yes yes yes..how am i not yet in new york hanging out with artists and trying my luck, i don’t know! it’s one of my fave books ever!

  • Absolutely! One of the best book I’ve read in recent times. Even though I knew how it would end, I cried my eyes out. It’s one of the most moving, inspiring, beautiful memoirs ever. She’s a great writer, and an even better person.

  • Thats so funny, I’m reading it right now! i bought it in the airport the other day and I’m loving it. Its a beautiful story and the book binding is marvelous! I love Patti S.

  • Non, mais j’ai la même bougie, Adorer !

  • No yet, but I have been desperately looking for it for a while!

  • Mon livre préféré ! Il est génial

  • olga joan October, 15 2012, 5:39 / Reply

    yes i have and i loved it! it was such a great story of 2 people i realized i didn’t know anything about really! what a relationship they had but how interesting their encounters with everyone. oh….and the writing, fantastic.

  • No I haven’t I have been looking for something to read. I have read so many books on this era. Jim Carroll’s books are great. I first read The Basket Ball Diaries when I was in high school. I can’t believe he is no longer with us.

    Ali of aliandang

  • I read it last year and was shocked by how moved I was by it. I’ve never paid much attention to Patti Smith or her music, but after reading this book, I love her! It is written so simply, yet is so moving and beautiful. True art. This was one of those books that after reading it, you feel forever changed. Hope

  • I loved this book so much that my only complaint is that it was too short! I really didn’t want it to end.

  • lu et adoré

  • Absolutely my favorite book. It’s love.

  • Lindsay May, 2 2013, 10:08 / Reply

    Yes. My favorite book ever.

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