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M Train
M Train | Patti Smith
National Best SellerFrom the National Book Awardwinning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafs and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as a roadmap to my life. M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf 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, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlos Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorers society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New Yorks Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writers craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smiths 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 Train is 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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agrondin44
M Train | Patti Smith

An interesting book that you can read and analyse from different angles. I guess I was more on the side of the very not “artist“ person so some stuff seams a little bit like a non-sense to me. It made me question myself, made me try to get more open-minded about differences but it did not make me want to know more about Patti Smith, even if I tried I feel a little kind of indifferent. I'll have more thoughts about it and this feeling may change.

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arlenefinnigan
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Ruthiella Perfect! 😀 4mo
Cinfhen Fantastic choice 👍🏽‼️ 4mo
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SamAnne
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Mehso-so

I love Patti Smith. And I mostly listened to the audio version—read by her. But I‘d only recommend this to Patti Smith fans. More a collection of short vignettes. Some cut-to-the-bone writing about life, loss, mourning, art. Interspersed with the really mundane. She writes about coffee so much I started to laugh. Getting coffee. Making coffee. Drinking coffee. Finding a hard time getting coffee in Japan. Still, it‘s Patti Smith!!

Severnmeadows Love your review. Atmospheric cover- makes me want to buy it 😊 (edited) 5mo
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Eva2
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Mehso-so

I don‘t think I was in the right mood to read this book. Patti Smith loves her coffee and I found myself drinking a lot of coffee whilst reading it! Apart from this, it sadly didn‘t have much of an impact on me.

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Eva2
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I would love to be in New York right now....but I can‘t be there....so I am just going to have read about it through Patti Smith‘s eyes 😀

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SamAnne
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Now here is a memoir I‘m enjoying. More of vignettes from her life, not in chronological order. Her writing is like spoken word. Listening to the audio—narrated by Patti! I could listen to her world weary gravelly voice for hours. Actually, I am! Just requested a hard copy from the library to peruse as I listen.

Theaelizabet Loved the audio. 7mo
Suet624 Oh, I never thought to listen to this! Great idea. 7mo
Samplergal I loved it. I learned so much about her I didn‘t know. 7mo
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Samplergal
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Pickpick

#Bookishbingo

I got another bingo. I‘m likely to stall here.

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Samplergal
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Pickpick

Another book not included in my goals for #24B4Monday. Third finish. Now I‘m really going to work on that stack I originally picked. 😂. #mayMadness.

This was a wonderful book of essays. Such great writing. All I wanted was coffee and some talent for writing while listening to this book. 4⭐️

TheReadingMermaid Haha I think we all do that from one time to another. LOL 😋 8mo
Andrew65 You‘ve had a great Readathon so far. 8mo
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Samplergal
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Enjoying this audiobook so far.

pdever I started out not liking it, but that book turned me right around. I ended up loving it. 8mo
Weaponxgirl Wait! This wasn‘t available from audible when I last checked for it in the uk! I‘m so jealous 😭 8mo
Samplergal @Weaponxgirl I got it from my library on overdrive. Sometimes I get lucky. 8mo
SamAnne Listening now and loving it! 7mo
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writerlibrarian
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Depression, grief, survivor guilt. All of this are the fondation of this slice of Smith‘s memoirs. I liked the slow spiral of her life. The flashes of brillance drowned into her everyday grey, monotonous life. Grief is a hard lover. Smith is also a fan of procedural tv shows and also a fangirl. Her Doctor is Ten. Her writing flows effortlessly. Depressing not joyful, still really good. #booked2019 #spring #featuringamusician

Cinfhen Fantastic review! I read and really enjoyed 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I really must read this one and Just Kids. Thanks for the nudge! 8mo
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writerlibrarian
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I'm at 90 % mark. Should be finished when the last period is over. #readingandlisteningtohockey

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writerlibrarian
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Aiming to get to 50% on this Sunday afternoon hockey game.
Happy Mother's Day Littens.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Boston is going into Carolina ahead 2-0 in games. 9mo
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writerlibrarian
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Game 1 🦈 and Blues.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian 2-1 🦈 after one. At the end of two, 5-2 🦈 (edited) 9mo
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writerlibrarian
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Then there are four. #readinggandwatchinghockey

Suet624 I‘m watching! 9mo
writerlibrarian @Suet624 Quite a start from both team. 9mo
Suet624 After so many years I still can‘t figure out how hockey players do what they do. 9mo
writerlibrarian After one period, it's tied at one. But Boston D Men are a bit banged up. 🤕 🌪 open the second period with a 🚨 2-1 Canes. 2 PP 🚨 for the 🐻 3-2 Boston. 5-2 Boston (edited) 9mo
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writerlibrarian
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Do or die. Win or go home. This is Game 7. Go ⭐️
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian 1 - 1. ⭐️ tie. Great play by 91 9mo
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writerlibrarian
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I have this in ebook and print. I loved Just Kids and so far, this one doesn't disappoint. It's my next
#booked2019 #spring and #featuringamusician

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emilyhaldi
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Smith is a very introspective artist and this memoir of her life stories waxes philosophical at times. She is able to relate her life back to art and literature in a way that can be touching at times, and other times over my head... While some of her anecdotes include her children and late husband, mostly she writes from a solitary and sometimes melancholy perspective. #ownerofalonelyheart
#anglophileapril

emilyhaldi Using this for #booked2019 #featuresamusician 🎤🎸🎼 9mo
Cinfhen Beautiful review and worthy musician 🙌🏻❣️ 9mo
Mdargusch Sounds depressing. 😕 9mo
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Reviewsbylola Hmmm I still need a book for this prompt. Which is better, this or 9mo
emilyhaldi I LOVED Just Kids!!! @Reviewsbylola def start there. I have it if you want to borrow 9mo
sisilia I just found it weird that she visits graveyards of her fav poets, singers etc 😶 8mo
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pdever
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What a beautiful little book. I flipped back and forth about whether I liked it and even went so far as to tell a friend not to bother with it... I almost bailed. In the end, though, I couldn't put it down and I totally fell for it. It's a memoir of loss and grief told through stories of travel, dreams, and nothing, really.

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WanderingBookaneer
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If you‘ve read tagged book, you may remember the visit and might enjoy the photographs.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/patti-smiths-talismanic-photos-fro...

Weaponxgirl Thankyou! 12mo
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mariaku21
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Not a typical memoir but more a collection of musings on art, philosophy, music, coffee, family, and self.

I enjoyed this small glimpse of Smith and totally understand why she's labeled as the rock n roll laureate.

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Pax5
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Love the Hill of beans story! #pattismith #mtrain

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BookAlongBlog
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Pickpick

5?/5
One of my favorite authors!!
"Lost things. They claw through the membranes, attempting to summon our attention through an indecipherable mayday. Words tumble in helpless disorder. The dead speak. We have forgotten how to listen."
~Patti Smith,M Train
#pattismith #poet #mtrain #books #bookish

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eringreeno
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“Such things that disappear in time that we find ourselves longing to see again. We search for them in close-ups, as we search for our hands in a dream.” —Patti Smith

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TheBookstorePodcast
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Reading this mere meters away from the Florabama Bar is either the least Patti Smith or most Patti Smith thing I could be doing.

-corinne

rustoryhuf FloraBama! 2y
Mlfoley012 Heart the Florabama! 2y
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SharonAlger
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This is a non fiction about thoughts in Patti Smith‘s head. It‘s an easy read, some parts I found interesting and I enjoyed her perspective on life. Her use of dialogue drove me batty. She listed her dialogue with these at the beginning: - . Why? As much as I enjoyed it, my mind did wander quite a bit as I read this.

I enjoyed reading something outside of what I‘d usually read, and I loved her artist‘s perspective and her life experiences.

xicanti Dashes instead of quotation marks is very much a non-English thing, but a few English-speaking writers adopt it too (presumably because they think it's fancy). Personally, I find it creates a distance between me and the dialogue, so I struggle to connect with writers who do it. 2y
SharonAlger @xicanti, I agree. 2y
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MelindaCooper
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I don‘t buy many paper books (I use a combination of the local library and buying kindle books) but I had to make an exception for Patti ♥️

SamAnne Yes. 7mo
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Eyejaybee
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SharonAlger
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Who wouldn‘t love to trade places with #PattiSmith?

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SharonAlger
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Where are you standing right now? #vmbookclub

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KatieKate80
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Half way through the veggiemama bookclub pick for Feb

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
Kaye Welcome ♥️ Thank you for the Follow. 2y
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SharonAlger
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I just started reading this. So far, so good . #vmbookclub

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
SharonAlger Thanks so much ❤️ 2y
MelindaCooper I‘m really liking it so far too! Also recommend Just Kids if you‘re a Patti fan ♥️ 2y
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SharonAlger I‘d give it a go 😊 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! from me too! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
SharonAlger Thanks very much, @RaimeyGallant ❤️ I will do that 2y
RaimeyGallant Hope it helps. :) 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Really enjoying your posts!😉👍🏽 11mo
SharonAlger @PurpleyPumpkin thanks so much ♥️ 11mo
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cnfurlano
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One may tolerate demons for the sake of an angel.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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TheAnitaAlvarez Patti Smith ❤️ 2y
readordierachel She's the best. 2y
Cathythoughts Excellent quote ✨✨✨ 2y
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JenniferJarrell
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I've been saving this one for this trip to NYC.

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BookHermit
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Perhaps the polar opposite of sitting in a cafe in NYC. The nearest subway stop is a three day drive away. Quite enjoying Patti's poetic storytelling.

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BookAlongBlog
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"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." ~ Patti Smith
Love all her writing! Looking forward to her latest release in Fall. Have you read any of her work?

#books #bookish #booknerd #bookgeek #pattismith #poet #artist #writer #reader #booklover #reading #biblio #literature #bookcollector #pattismith

SkeletonKey Can't wait to read her new book, she's one of my favorites. 2y
BookAlongBlog @SkeletonKey Me too! Soo looking forward to it! 2y
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AnansiGirl
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Morning cuppa with Patti Smith.

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JenniferJarrell
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Vacation purchases during a trip to Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY. #bookhaul

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amrsprout
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Loved it! Wonderfully written memoir.

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CherylDeFranceschi
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Seems so simple. But to me, the fact that there is still love between Patti and Sam 40 years later is so moving! So, it may be simple but I think it's a really #greatdedication #riotgrams

kspenmoll Agreed! ❤ 3y
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AlizaApp
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Melancholic but beautifully written memoir of love and travel and how to say goodbye. #roguebookbingo

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kyraleseberg
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I started this book with eye rolls at all the romantic ideas of gathering stones to make a pilgrimage to a poet's grave but then I realized: I have become jaded by life. After all the triumph and tragedy of Patti's life, she has remained a dreamer and I love that.
She shares stories of the moments she treasures, late night musings watching detective shows, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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booksbaconglitter
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I had no idea what to expect from this book, but I loved it. Patti Smith is a beautiful writer, and the stories she tells in this book are real and vulnerable. But mostly I enjoyed her love of a quite cafe, good coffee, and crime dramas. She reads the audiobook and does a wonderful job of pulling you in to each scene.

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booksbaconglitter
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Patti Smith loves crime dramas! Everywhere she goes, she finds a crime drama on TV. Even if it's not in English or doesn't have subtitles, she'll watch. I think we'd be good friends.

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kyraleseberg
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Find those who have it and bathe in their perfection.

Suet624 That's why I love being with my adult children. They have it. 3y
kyraleseberg @Suet624 That is so lovely 💜 I have just transitioned from terrible twos to tyrannical threes 😩 with my daughter so this gives me hope for the future! 3y
Suet624 Oooh, it definitely gets better. You're in the rough part of it right now. 🌹🌹🌹 3y
kyraleseberg @Suet624 You have no idea how much I needed to hear that. Thank you! 💗 3y
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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corkymariee
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Gotta love mornings 💕📚

BookAlongBlog Love Patti ♡ 3y
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kyraleseberg
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Patti. I ❤️ her, her music (fun fact: Bruce Springsteen wrote her hit Because the Night) and I loved her book Just Kids.
Time to settle in to the weekend with M Train 📚

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BooksForYears
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Have you ever experienced a situation that was so vivid and complex that you weren't sure whether it was a reality or a dream? That's exactly how I felt reading M Train by Patti Smith. She switches artfully from past to present, home to abroad, self to other, dream to wake. All the while, you are allowed glimpses into the author's life and how certain experiences and objects have shaped who she is today. And there's coffee, so much coffee ☕️

Weaponxgirl I love this book soooo much! Just kids was amazing too and I really want to listen to this on audio aswell as her first one. Seriously a big fan of patti, music, books what can't she do? 3y
BooksForYears @Weaponxgirl I know, she's such an amazing women, artist, and musician! 3y
jes I liked this book, but for me, it couldn't touch how amazing Just Kids is. I couldn't put that one down! So good! 👐 3y
KatG Another great book by Patti Smith! 3y
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