[Reading] ➲ Year of the Monkey ➺ Patti Smith – Diclofenac16.us

Year of the MonkeyFrom The National Book Award Winning Author Of Just Kids And M Train, A Profound, Beautifully Realized Memoir In Which Dreams And Reality Are Vividly Woven Into A Tapestry Of One Transformative YearFollowing A Run Of New Year S Concerts At San Francisco S Legendary Fill, Patti Smith Finds Herself Tramping The Coast Of Santa Cruz, About To Embark On A Year Of Solitary Wandering Unfettered By Logic Or Time, She Draws Us Into Her Private Wonderland With No Design, Yet Heeding Signs Including A Talking Sign That Looms Above Her, Prodding And Sparring Like The Cheshire Cat In February, A Surreal Lunar Year Begins, Bringing With It Unexpected Turns, Heightened Mischief, And Inescapable Sorrow In A Stranger S Words, Anything Is Possible After All, It S The Year Of The Monkey For Smith Inveterately Curious, Always Exploring, Tracking Thoughts, Writing The Year Evolves As One Of Reckoning With The Changes In Life S Gyre With Loss, Aging, And A Dramatic Shift In The Political Landscape Of America Smith Melds The Western Landscape With Her Own Dreamscape Taking Us From California To The Arizona Desert To A Kentucky Farm As The Amanuensis Of A Friend In Crisis To The Hospital Room Of A Valued Mentor And By Turns To Remembered And Imagined Places, This Haunting Memoir Blends Fact And Fiction With Poetic Mastery The Unexpected Happens Grief And Disillusionment Set In But As Smith Heads Toward A New Decade In Her Own Life, She Offers This Balm To The Reader Her Wisdom, Wit, Gimlet Eye, And Above All, A Rugged Hope For A Better World Riveting, Elegant, Often Humorous, Illustrated By Smith S Signature Polaroids, Year Of The Monkey Is A Moving And Original Work, A Touchstone For Our Turbulent Times

[Reading] ➲ Year of the Monkey ➺ Patti Smith – Diclofenac16.us
  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Year of the Monkey
  • Patti Smith
  • English
  • 24 November 2017
  • 0525657681

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➲ Year of the Monkey ➺ Patti Smith – Diclofenac16.us


  1. says:

    Just Kids is a romantic, bohemian coming of age memoir par excellence I m only slightly ashamed to say I moved to New York because of it The follow up M Train is a littleelliptical and mature, not inspiring in the same way but still an interesting reflection of her peripatetic life as a respected middle aged artist exploring different mediums and interests.Year of the Monkey, on the other hand, is something much darker, and unintentionally so a deep dive into the mindset of a rich, fam Just Kids is a romantic, bohemian coming of age memoir par excellence I m only slightly ashamed to say I moved to New York because of it The follow up M Train is a littleelliptical and mature, not inspiring in the same way but still an interesting reflection of her peripatetic life as a respected middle aged artist exploring different mediums and interests.Year of the Monkey, on the other hand, is something much darker, and unintentionally so a deep dive into the mindset of a rich, famous artist as they ward off the outside world with purple prose, self serving games, and straightfoward denial In her fantastical retelling of 2016, she playacts at the threadbare bohemian she used to be, her life a series of grimy diners and tough old friends, knit together with increasingly empty references to other books, and made up poor people who flit into her life like magical sprites full of wisdom.The level of meaningless verbiage is best captured in her description of Johnny Depp s portrayal of the Mad Hatter When Johnny Depp embraced the role of the Hatter he too was drawn into this multiplicity of being and ceased to be just Johnny How does she get to this low point The paragraph begins March winds March wedding The ides of March Josephine March Numinous March with its strong associations And of course there has always been the March Hare I remember as a child being quite taken with the quirky Hare, sure that he and the Mad Hatter were one in the same, even sharing the same initials Patti has based a long and fruitful career on freestyle Beat babble check her out in Martin Scorsese s most recent Bob Dylan documentary, laying it down backstage as Dylan looks on in admiring bemusement But there s something sour about it here, no core of need or curiosity, just wheels spinning The low points come early, with a fully made up hitchhiking excursion featuring mixtape geniuses who don t recognize Patti Smith, cuddly caricatures of normal people and a premise that stopped being viable decades ago worse, we meet an imaginary friend named Ernest a Mexican fellow she meets in a bar who happens to share her obsession with Roberto Bolano.Not that stilted dialogue arguing about 2666 is bad per se I love Bolano too, and her Polaroids here and in M Train of rare Bolanoabilia are excellent But it reminded me of fan fiction, with a limp aimlessness much different from Bolano s own constant urgency She tries to build the book towards Trump as climactic event, but she is so far removed from the consequences of his election that the best she can muster is a little bit of Daily Show level wordjazz about migrants and a tidbit about how she heard LCD Soundsystem playing at the diner that night.Towards the end there are some strong musings on aging and death through the prism of her dying friend Sam Shepherd But all in all you get the sense of someone who hasn t talked to a non famous person in decades, who wishesthan anything that you still saw her as a salt of the earth type who rejects the trappings of fame and hitchhikes across the country If it were true, it would be lovely, but rather than being autofiction that stretches reality for truth, it is autofiction that stretches reality for ego


  2. says:

    My favorite Patti Smith book so far I will discuss this book with Kimley on our podcast Book Musik.


  3. says:

    Patti Smith s latest memoir recounts the happenings of her life in 2016, which, somewhat unsurprisingly, was the year of the monkey in the Chinese zodiac The reader follows Smith as she hitchhikes around the U.S while grappling with the death and illness of two close friends.I loved the first half of this it felt reminiscent of some of Joan Didion s writing at times, dreamy passages about California and life in the in between It lost steam a little for me in the second half, but stil Patti Smith s latest memoir recounts the happenings of her life in 2016, which, somewhat unsurprisingly, was the year of the monkey in the Chinese zodiac The reader follows Smith as she hitchhikes around the U.S while grappling with the death and illness of two close friends.I loved the first half of this it felt reminiscent of some of Joan Didion s writing at times, dreamy passages about California and life in the in between It lost steam a little for me in the second half, but still made for an enjoyable introduction to Smith s writing Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc UK ANZ for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.


  4. says:

    Alternating between lucid memoir and mystical, dreamlike sketches of the world around her, Patti Smith spends The Year of the Monkey dreading and mourning the loss of her friends and America as it once was It s strange, beautiful, troubling, comforting.


  5. says:

    Patti Smith is a poet warrior who s maybe reaching her peak as the country reaches a low point This book is hypnotic and , as the title warns you, dream like Long sections are hallucinatory, inspired, and it s impossible to tell what s real and what s not real but still truthful This is a book about loss Sam Shepherd to ALS, Sandy Pearlman to a cerebral hemorrhage, America to its President Smith lives in a dreamy world of poetry and opera Spending a few hours dreaming with her is a privile Patti Smith is a poet warrior who s maybe reaching her peak as the country reaches a low point This book is hypnotic and , as the title warns you, dream like Long sections are hallucinatory, inspired, and it s impossible to tell what s real and what s not real but still truthful This is a book about loss Sam Shepherd to ALS, Sandy Pearlman to a cerebral hemorrhage, America to its President Smith lives in a dreamy world of poetry and opera Spending a few hours dreaming with her is a privilege


  6. says:

    It s Patti Smith s world, and we re just lucky to be living in it Have actually you ve seen it I asked You don t see things like that You feel them, as in all important things they arrive, the come into your dreams.


  7. says:

    In the time since her exquisite memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award in 2010, godmother of punk Patti Smith has been documenting her travels with her pen and trusty Polaroid In Year of the Monkey, her wanderlust drives her at age 69 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to Arizona to Kentucky to her home in New York where plans for Australia take shape Along the way, she meets fellow nomads, she mourns for loved ones both in the process of dying and long gone, and she drinks a whole lot of In the time since her exquisite memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award in 2010, godmother of punk Patti Smith has been documenting her travels with her pen and trusty Polaroid In Year of the Monkey, her wanderlust drives her at age 69 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to Arizona to Kentucky to her home in New York where plans for Australia take shape Along the way, she meets fellow nomads, she mourns for loved ones both in the process of dying and long gone, and she drinks a whole lot of coffee.A keen observer of the world around her, Smith is equally adept at documenting her inner terrain But this travelogue is farabstract than her previous work Smith weaves in and out of dreaming and waking life without warning and no matter how real her characters appear, there is no telling when they will be revealed as figments of the author s imagination It s difficult to make peace with Smith as an unreliable narrator after the steadfast clarity of her previous works But wherever she wanders, it s always worth the trip


  8. says:

    It s the dried up poet syndrome, necessitating plucking inspiration from the erratic air, Patti Smith might be the great articulator of loss So much of her work draws explicitly on it, all the way back to Horses, and her most famous book, Just Kids, was written out of a deathbed promise she made.Year of the Monkey, her account of 2016, is a lyrical tale that starts Smith tramping the west coast of America, a long way from the New York she s spent so much of her prose describing Anything canIt s the dried up poet syndrome, necessitating plucking inspiration from the erratic air, Patti Smith might be the great articulator of loss So much of her work draws explicitly on it, all the way back to Horses, and her most famous book, Just Kids, was written out of a deathbed promise she made.Year of the Monkey, her account of 2016, is a lyrical tale that starts Smith tramping the west coast of America, a long way from the New York she s spent so much of her prose describing Anything can happen in the year of the money, someone tells her This is a year she saw in with someone vomiting on her boots No wonder there is a sense of existential dread she seems to feel, as the year flies by and her 70th birthday draws nearer.The losses at the heart of this book are that of Sandy Pearlman, her long time friend and collaborator, and Sam Shepard, playwright, actor and her former boyfriend Both of these men appeared in Just Kids, in the 60s and 70s, in the prime of their lives Here, they are sick and dying Smith assists Shepard assemble his final manuscript, as he is near bed ridden They both look at the horses on his ranch, neither talking of how it is impossible for Shepard to ride again.Part of what Smith articulates so beautifully is how ultimately, the punk philosophy that anything can happen, that any word can mean anything, that everything is up for grabs is a lie Or, it is at least not permanent People can t and don t live forever, and it throws everything else into question.It had never occurred to me that this book slides into fiction, I didn t read the blurb beforehand There are strange moments in the first half of the book, but nothing outside the realms of possibility Eventually she throws you into a total dreamscape, apocalyptic images, a sense of existential dread drawn in increasingly blurred lines as the narrative fragments into shorter and shorter chapters Smith mourns her late friend Allen Ginsburg, knowing he would have thrown himself into the political maelstrom in a way that she implies she is not able to The book does stay away from explicitly talking about the 2016 election for the most part But then again, a narrative that starts fairly recognisable and tumbles into a series of apocalypses what describes the political landscape of 2016accurately than that Like her other work, images reoccur Medea, Samuel Beckett, Alice in Wonderland and the Tenniel illustrations in particular Even the abstract ramblings of Smith s life are steeped in a mythology that is unmistakeably, inimitably hers


  9. says:

    4.5


  10. says:

    Since publishing her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith has moved on to writing a number of dream like first person narratives that mix near fact and fiction in an absorbing and fascinating style On the surface the stories seem to match her real life activities quite closely, but the details of her working life are mostly erased, as are the many people she interacts with A few real people do appear in this book mostly Sam Shepard, Sandy Pearlman and Lenny Kaye but mostly the book is occupied by Since publishing her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith has moved on to writing a number of dream like first person narratives that mix near fact and fiction in an absorbing and fascinating style On the surface the stories seem to match her real life activities quite closely, but the details of her working life are mostly erased, as are the many people she interacts with A few real people do appear in this book mostly Sam Shepard, Sandy Pearlman and Lenny Kaye but mostly the book is occupied by non specific or dreamed characters Nevertheless the book does move forward at a good pace, the locations are painted in a poetic and entertaining way, and it is a genuine page turner After one reading I d say that this is even better than M Train and Devotion, and will not disappoint anyone who has enjoyed those books

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