From the National Book Award winning author ofJust Kids an
unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafes and
haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has
described as a roadmap to my life.
M Trainbegins in the tiny
Greenwich Village cafe where Smith goes every morning for black coffee,
ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in
her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and
reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo s Casa Azul in
Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside
bungalow in New York s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before
Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with
the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and
to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.
throughout are reflections on the writer s craft and on artistic
creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith s life in Michigan
and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.
Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Trainis
a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a
powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable
multiplatform artists at work today."
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