Jessie the Flowr o Dumblane.
The Flower of Levernside. Dirge on Burns Funeral. The dear Highland Laddie o. While the grey piniond Lark.
And were ye at Duntocherburn. Davie Tullochs bonnie Katie. Kitty OCarrol.
Epistle to James King. The Storm.
Connel and Flora. Ah Sheelah thourt my Darling. Adieu ye cheerful native Plains.
Responsive ye Woods. Year of the Monkey is essentially a structured, whimsical, somewhat gloomy journal entry covering late to early , a time marked by worldwide political upheaval and more personal losses for Smith. In these pages, she reckons with the death of producer and longtime friend Sandy Pearlman, and meditates on the failing health of the playwright Sam Shepard.
In the last third of the book, Smith makes an effort to say something about the bad president and to draw some conclusions about life in the twilight of living, which more and more seems to her to be largely an effort to "speak the truth" and "to keep up as Hermes races before us with his chiseled ankles. Listen, Patti Smith is a legend, her album Horses rules, and the writing here is good and full of a genuine curiosity about the world.
But the book elicited two major responses from me: the occasional sagacious nod, and eye rolls that hit with concussive force. She imagines waking dreams that allow her to see into the future and to uncover from the past hidden clues about life's great mysteries. But a visionary is only as good as the quality of her visions, and the visions in this book are, um, pretty idiosyncratic. The frame of this memoir involves Smith developing a cheeky but is it really?
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For Smith, the world's serendipitous events and strange associations seem to be little clues to the great detective story that is life, but they're also just errant equations that prove the inherent chaos of the world. The tension, then—charged with the grab-bag spirituality that characterizes so much boomer bullshit—is this: Will Smith find some sense of personal narrative closure in her life or will she eventually die feeling uncomfortable with the unknown?
While that's a perfectly valid metaphysical concern, one that holds for everyone, Smith's conversations with the Dream Inn sign don't reveal much about what's beyond the veil.
According to thechinesezodiac. The rest of us—the ones who can't afford rent, health care, or trips to Australia—will have to try to create that reality by knocking on doors in rural Wisconsin. Rich Smith writes about politics, books, and performance for The Stranger.