Poet, rocker, activist and author Patti Smith — whose memoir Just Kids has recently won the National Book Award for nonfiction — talks with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library on a wide range of topics, including: opera, art, music, Robert Mapplethorpe, libraries, the tactile pleasure of books, Blake, Melville, Rimbaud, being “free and hungry,” New York City (then and now), the kindness of strangers, the karmic advantages of enthusiasm, and choosing joy in the face of despair. And sings a few songs.
Here’s just a very small taste:
Watch the whole thing here. It’s an hour and a half, and it’s time well spent.