M Train

  • by Patti Smith
  • Narrated by Patti Smith
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as "a road map to my life".
M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway, which Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.
Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith's life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.
Braiding despair with hope and consolation, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.


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The Dreams, Rituals and Lost Talismans of Patti Smith

"Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top, while the creative impulse, dwelling in the center, informs all."
-- Patti Smith, M Train

My second Patti Smith memoir. This one was more experimental and nonlinear than 'Just Kids'. It was filled with dreams, rituals, detective shows, talismans, cats, constant travels, coffee, more coffee, missing things, memories, loose threads, graveyards, hotels, photographs, and miles and miles of beautiful, lyrical Patti Smith prose. In the end, Patti Smith made me cry. She took these dreams and random memories and artists and lost things and brought them together into a coherent love note to life, art, and love. She stitched together ideas and travel and talismans of her life into a coherent and moving exploration of things, belief, and creativity. God it was beautiful. I want to be Patti Smith when I grow up.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

6 hours is not enough

What made the experience of listening to M Train the most enjoyable?

I always love listening to books in the authors voice. I feel like I'm on an adventure with Patti, even as she sits in a café drinking black coffee.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! And I want more...

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- Deborah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio