Patti Smith’s M Train is an odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of cafes she has worked in around the world. The book is a “roadmap to my life”. (cover blurb)
Every morning in Greenwich Village, Patti Smith gets black coffee at her favorite spot. She sits with her notebook and ruminates – dreams, reality, poetry, and prose. Her travels and writing cover the gamut from Mexico to Rockaway Beach to Michigan, and beyond.
Braiding despair with hope and consolation, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. (cover blurb)
p.211 But a writer has no partner. He has to step back and ask himself – tell me what you see.
p. 249 I believe in movement. I believe in that lighthearted balloon, the world. I believe in midnight and the hour of noon. It fluctuates like light flitting over a pond.
p.253 There were no dust clouds, no signs of anyone, but I paid no mind. I was my own lucky hand of solitaire.
M Train by Patti Smith is a unique view into a creative mind, and I found the writing beautiful, weird, and wonderful.