Channeling Patti Smith | Jill Shomer

January 21, 2015 6:15 PM

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I feel like I've known Patti Smith my whole life. When I was a child in the 70s, my cool older cousin Lucy idolized her, and though I wasn't ready to embrace her then (frankly, her hairy armpits terrified me), I eventually grew into her.

I started listening to her music, and when I moved to New York I went to see her sing, speak, read poetry. I used to walk to walk to work in Soho, and I would see Patti on Macdougal Street so often it felt like one day she would greet me, call out my name like Norm walking into Cheers. I read "Just ...

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