And through it all, Smith is either gulping coffee - or looking for a cup, somewhere. Anywhere.
Patti Smith's talents as a writer, performer and visual artist span decades. And in M Train, she moves around in time, using her life to paint a portrait of the world through her very unusual lens. She carries an old Polaroid camera through much of the book, shooting photos, then meticulously peeling off the back to reveal the created image. If that image seems odd, you never owed a Polaroid.
Perhaps the most rewarding parts of M Train come in the form of snippets of languid language peppered with occasional aphorisms, all waiting to be discovered.
My favorite? "Not all dreams need to be realized..."
M Train is a dreamy book that triggers emotions and memories. Highly recommended, especially for writers.