Ecco first published “Just Kids”, Patti Smith’s painfully beautiful memoir about her and Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe‘s time in New York together back in January of this year. In the short time that has followed its release, it has already become a classic. No other book in my recent memory has made as lasting an impression or has inspired such a collective, unanimous love and following as “Just Kids” has. I also do not remember reading anything in my life I’ve felt I had to share immediately with as many different people as this book. Although the New York City on display within the pages of “Just Kids” has long since past, its intense romantic, ideology is at the core of everyone that has ever been truly in love with any person or place. The resilient dedication to that love and to the creation of art in general is what makes Patti’s book so important and inspiring to all of the romantics and artists of our time, two rolls that seem harder and harder to fill in the age of the instant and the manufactured.
I read “Just Kids” for the first time while I was traveling around Europe this past summer. My last serious relationship had just deteriorated and I spent nearly a month passing through foreign countries reflecting on myself with Patti as my compass and touchstone. The time I spent with “Just Kids” proved incredibly insightful, intimate and moving and when I returned to the states to find almost everyone else I knew in a state of some kind of artistic, romantic or spiritual crisis, I guided all of them to Patti’s book, which served as a source of solace and as a reality check to the world and it’s scope.
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!! We hope you have a great holiday and you have our interweb psychic love to cling to if you are all alone and feeling dreadful about your loneliness. One of the many Minor Progression favorite’s – Marissa Nadler – could use a bit of your holiday cheer to help her get her next album off the ground. She sent us this video for you all to watch so you can get a glimpse of where she’s at and what she’s working on. Check it out.
Also, here is a brand new gory sexy video of hers!
And now, back to Thanksgiving…. here’s a few photo’s of some Minor Progression folks at the Macy Day Parade!
And on a personal note, Antony and the Johnsons wrote this FUCKING BEAUTIFUL song called GHOST… it’s apart of his new book/album entitled SWANLIGHTS… he was writing this as my chapbook GHOSTS was coming to fruition.. one of the poems in it is in psychic conversation with him.. synergetic realness and collective unconscious love.. Oh and a couple of the poems from GHOSTS are in the upcoming 10th anniversary issue of SHAMPOO… CHECK THEM OUT and this AMAZING VIDEO:::
Now please, enjoy the holiday and make sure it doesn’t go something like this…
JT (brokenbrooklyn) and I made a pact to revive this site. We’re going to be posting as much as we can again. We thought the Psychic TV show happening in a couple of weeks in Greenpoint a magnificent enough reason to start back up. Plus one of my favorite poets turned songstresses – Ariana Reines – is opening for them. This will be a m a g i c k a l night ya’ll better come out I have the feelin’ my skin is going to turn neon green and I’m going to ascend up up and away!!
Sorry if you’ve missed us.. and thanks for all the love…
This is basically what we’ve been up too: