As with any great book, it's sent me out, wanting to know more about this or that. One direction was straight toward Rimbaud. When Smith boarded a bus for New York, having bought the ticket with found money, she had nothing but a suitcase and Rimbaud. I knew very little about Rimbaud, but based on her love of his work I went and bought the book I've posted here. Later, Jim Carroll lived with Mapplethorpe and Smith for a time and after Carroll died last year she referred to him as the American Rimbaud. Now how could I not search out all things Rimbaud after that?
They had no radio or TV. They had no money. But they had Dylan's rambling, epic masterpiece Blonde on Blonde. She talks about playing it over and over again while hunched over their canvases drawing and painting all night. I can imagine them, one hunched over some drawing paper sketching, the other hunched over the record player, flipping the disk. I imagine when I listen that they heard the same things I do in the songs. They got it. We get it.
Hard to believe now, but I knew something like it all once. Long dead and gone now, not nearly as... ...But for a while there...
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