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And today an artist like myself could be rendered obsolete, except I refuse. Patti Smith BOLLEN: But maybe New York isn’t the place it was for artists. When I came to New York in the late ’60s, you could find an apartment for or a month. I mean, my band lost its practice space and had to move out of town. He serves the image of the city as a new shopping center. But I also wrote this book in hopes that maybe it would somehow inspire. I was trying to infuse the record with a certain positivity and also link us to our history. Maybe it’s not the right city for the strugglers and drifters anymore. You could get a job in a bookstore or be a waitress and still live as an artist. It’s the same reason I made to inspire people who, like us, felt disenfranchised, unloved, disconnected. Grateful for saving his life and yearning to be like Scott, There, the X-Men were tutored by Professor X and trained in the use of their powers in the Danger Room.As 'Iceman', Bobby learned to control his abilities in order to protect a world that feared and hated him for being different alongside Cyclops, Angel, Beast, and Marvel Girl.He was churning out his hand-colored books while down the road there was a mill churning out thousands of books at a time. To me, being hungry and messy and being free to live in a mess and not have to worry if I bathed for a week, that was enough. It’s a city of continual reinvention and transformation. And if you believe it, you’ll have that your whole life, through the worst times.Almost overnight, William Blake was rendered obsolete. But a lot of these people kept pushing, pushing, pushing. The Bowery used to be home to winos, William Burroughs, and punk rockers. I think the way things are going now is good for commerce, bad for art. [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg does not serve the common man. I wrote this book because I promised Robert I would. Bobby first discovered his mutant abilities at a young age when he found himself unable to stop feeling cold and shivering. Bobby is Jewish on his mother's side and Irish Catholic on his father's.
It is a myth of New York City as it once was, a place where misfits magically gravitated toward one another at the chance crossroads of a creative revolution. But Smith’s new memoir, (Ecco)—which traces her relationship with Mapplethorpe from their first meetings (there were two of them before one fateful night in Tompkins Square Park) to their days in and out of hotels, love affairs, creative collaborations, nightclubs, and gritty neighborhoods—paints a radically different picture. Even with all of the youthful idealism and craziness, so many of the chapters deal with struggling to survive. I didn’t have any idea that I would ever get anything for nothing. I lucked out at Scribner Book Store, because it turned out to be the longest-running job of my life. I also know that I was the only one who could write this story. This is a beautiful time, and it has to be judged in accordance with that. BOLLEN: Do you think that limited contact with cameras allowed Robert, when your neighbor first lent him her Polaroid, to see photography as some sort of special privilege? I mean, a lot of these things don’t matter with somebody like Robert, because he was a true artist. BOLLEN: You also say that he wasn’t the kind of person who would shoot voyeuristically. SMITH: I know that if he was taking pictures, he would have to involve himself somehow. I could only support him as an artist and as a person who loved him. SMITH: I can look at that table and see everybody there and see only two survivors in all of those people who were iconic of those times. BOLLEN: There are a lot of misunderstandings about both you and Mapplethorpe and who you were. SMITH: Sometimes those misunderstandings came just because of the way I looked: I was skinny, wiry, speedy; I had a high metabolism rate, tons of energy. I didn’t set out to hurt anybody’s feelings, or to shock parents or anything like that. His upbringing was Catholic, middle class, precise, military, well ordered, spanking clean. I really believe that Robert sought not to destroy order, but to reorder, to reinvent, and to create a new order. I always wanted to do what somebody else had already done—I wanted to write the next isn’t a book about the birth of punk rock. SMITH: I don’t think I’m qualified to write that kind of book.I really believe that Robert sought not to destroy order, but to reorder, to reinvent, and to create a new order. But half the time we barely had enough money to eat. But when I talk about the past, I’m not talking about it like, “Oh, the good old days.” It was just the way it was. I could mourn the birth of the credit card, but I also know that because of the credit card, a lot of people are able to do their work. He was completely drowned out by the Industrial Revolution. I hated when I was in high school and people said I had to drink beer in a field to be cool. BOLLEN: Maybe some of his graphic sexual portraits were his way of gaining control over the situation. They have to go all the way to this kernel and believe in themselves, and that’s what Robert gave me.I know that he always wanted to do something that no one else had done. A lot of our preocupation was with how to pay the rent and get our next meal, or a little nickel bag of pot, or supplies to do a drawing. If Robert had had a credit card, he could have done those installations. I always think that eventually true artists will be heard. His voice was not heard in his own time because everything became very material. He believed in that kernel I had, you know, with absolute unconditional belief.She was, as she still is, a poet, an artist, a rock star, and a bit of a shaman. And of all the things that have been written about him, I never found one that maintained the magic of our relationship or our creative process—and our real struggles, which were very youthful struggles. But as fate turned out, those 16 years were the only years I was ever gonna spend with Fred. They weren’t years, in the end, that I had a choice to play with. You go into church to pray, and you start writing a story about being in a church praying. That’s why performing is probably the truest thing I do socially, because everything is natural.But it is her friendship with Mapplethorpe where her legend begins—and like most beginnings, this one has been romanticized to the point of fantasy. Whenever I read the biography of a young artist—say, Rimbaud—the biographer sits in such judgment of the young person. I shudder to think people could get used to seeing bloody testicles on a wooden board. I still don’t know anything about what Robert really did in the ’80s. BOLLEN: You mention at one point in the book, when you are sitting around the back room at Max’s Kansas City, that none of the people at the table would die in the Vietnam War, but most of them would die in the plagues of the coming decades. There’s nothing fake in the way that my band performs.