Devotion by Patti Smith

Devotion

The national bestseller from the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, exploring the nature of creative invention A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspir...


Details Devotion

TitleDevotion
ISBN9780300218626
Author
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherYale University Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Poetry, Autobiography, Memoir, Language, Writing, Essays
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Reviews Devotion

  • Maxwell
    2018-06-08
    An unconventional but inspiring little book. It’s part memoir, part fiction, part travel writing. I just love Patti Smith’s writing.
  • David Schaafsma
    2017-12-18
    Devotion by Patti Smith was the 2016 Windham-Campbell Lecture at Yale University. Smith, a singer, writer, and photographer, wrote M Train and Just Kids and several volumes of poetry. Her album Horses is widely viewed as one of the great rock albums of all time. Where does her inspiration come from? Smith writes every day, usually in a café in Manhattan. She’s in her seventies now, having survived a husband and a long time partner, Robert Mapp...
  • Janet
    2017-10-03
    A worthwhile addition to the Patti Smith library. "Devotion" beautifully describes Patti Smith's attitude toward the creative life, as anyone who has read M Train or Just Kids can attest. This tiny volume is divided into three parts. The first, "How the Mind Works" is not analytical but illustrative. It starts, "Somehow, in search of something else, I stumbled upon..." A film about Estonians deported to Siberian collective farms in 1941. Images ...
  • Joseph
    2018-12-16
    Patti Smith as the story teller. Listened to the Audible edition read by Smith. Part current life of her travels separated by a story worthy of a traveling bard. More reminiscent of her earlier work than her last two books.
  • Constance
    2017-08-30
    Devotion is delivered to the reader in a bouquet of immortelle with a sword hidden in the middle.I've said it before and will continue to reiterate, Ms Smith's books are to be read slowly, methodically or you will miss the magic.I was ecstatic when Devotion finally arrived. I skipped through my home holding it dear to my heart.Later I read a few pages, and slept with it beside me. The connection of her work is that potent; having the book close w...
  • Chris
    2017-09-22
    While at the Harvard Book Store last week, I decided to console myself with the fact I couldn't make yet another trip in two weeks' time back to the city to see Patti Smith live, by purchasing her new book. I adore her, but in this case, I should have purchased a remainder hard cover copy of my beloved "M Train" instead of her newest. I was looking for this to be "M Train 2.0," but instead got an odd little 100-page book divided in three parts. P...
  • Sophie
    2018-09-20
    Why is one compelled to write? To set oneself apart, cocooned, rapt in solitude, despite the wants of others. Virginia Woolf had her room. Proust his shuttered windows. Marguerite Duras her muted house. Dylan Thomas his modest shed. All seeking an emptiness to imbue with words. The words that will penetrate virgin territory, crack unclaimed combinations, articulate the infinite. [...] There are stacks of notebooks that speak of years of aborted e...
  • Debashis
    2017-09-02
    Haunting..beautiful..
  • Lee Foust
    2018-04-30
    This is a remarkable little book in its own way. It's a longish short story called "Devotion" bracketed by opening and closing sections discussing the story's genesis and then some reflections on the act of creative writing, in line with the book's genesis as part of the Why I Write-themed Windham-Campbell lectures at Yale.It's the opening and closing sections that moved me the most, as a fellow writer and Patti Smith fan--I've even met her on a ...
  • Offbalance
    2017-10-03
    While I often say that my love of Patti Smith's writing is massive and boundless, I may now have to qualify that to say that my love of Patti Smith's nonfiction is boundless. I could stand on street corners and harangue complete strangers into reading her absolutely perfect memoir Just Kids. It's a book so beautiful that it made me cry on the subway before 8am on a weekday. (Usually if I tear up under those circumstances, it has to do with a foul...
  • Freesiab (Bookish Review)
    2017-09-21
    It was so beautiful, delicate, passionate and lovely. It's more of a novella, so it's quite easy to finish in a day. Does she ever write a book that's not perfect? Maybe she'd adopt me?
  • Tatianne Dantas
    2018-02-18
    Devotion é um livro sobre processo de escrita. Para responder a pergunta "Why I write?" Patti Smith executa uma jornada sobre como ela escreve e o que a inspira. Nada muito novo para quem já leu seus livros anteriores mas sempre aquele gosto de voltar para casa que os livros dela tem. Na primeira parte, chamada "How the mind works", acompanhamos uma escritora que precisa escrever mas não consegue encontrar o texto. A epígrafe já deixa eviden...
  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    2017-10-22
    It IS a bit slight... But still lovely. It's a three parter - starts non-fiction about travelling to France, which I really enjoyed, then there's a short story about an ice skater which was just ok for me, and then a short non-fiction piece at the end about going to Camus' house. Some lovely parts in the non-fiction - coffee, books, bowls of berries etc etc and the short story wasn't awful by any means, but wasn't really expecting it.
  • Sarah Koppelkam
    2017-11-20
    I love you Patti. As always, Patti's voice is unmistakable. Her love for black coffee, for visiting the graves of her muses, for simplicity and for obsession (devotion?): it's all here. As Smith says herself in the third section of this slim text ("A Dream is Not a Dream") it is a rare thing to be able to track all of the influences, images, and fascinations that make up a piece of art. But Smith does it here. In the first section, "How the Mind ...
  • Kathleen
    2018-08-27
    "These streets are a poem waiting to be hatched—suddenly it’s Easter; eggs everywhere.”Follow Patti Smith to the café, to Paris, on the train, into her dreams. You’ll emerge a different person: an artist, aware of detail, discriminating of style.Since this is part of the “Why I Write Series,” I assumed she would tell us about why she writes. But, duh. No. She shows us. She takes us on a journey during which she conceives of a story, ...
  • Adriana Scarpin
    2018-03-12
    Como já ficara evidente nas demais prosas de Smith o que eu quero mesmo é que sejam publicados seus diários que não só nos informam de suas influências como contam com uma prosa poderosa. Neste livro especificamente ela já deixa claro como o processo do diário ajuda a entender sua ficção e poesia, a partir de pequenas coisas de seu dia-a-dia que estão explicitados no começo e fim do livro vemos como funciona o tipo de construção fic...
  • Beth Bonini
    2018-09-10
    “Most often the alchemy that produces a poem or a work of fiction is hidden within the work itself, if not embedded in the coiling ridges of the mind. But in this case I could track a plethora of enticements, a forest of firs, Simone Weil’s haircut, white bootlace, a pouch of screws, Camus’s existential gun.”More often than not, I reread the beginning of a book as soon as I finish it. With this book, I felt that this order of reading, or ...
  • Gláucia Renata
    2018-05-01
    Pequeno presente da tag, veio acompanhando o Só Garotos da autora e divide-se em 3 partes.A primeira (Como a Mente Funciona) é interessante pois fala de algo que sempre fico curiosa em saber: como vem para os escritores a ideia de uma obra, de onde surge a inspiração e como é o processo de desenvolvimento de uma ideia. E nessa parte temos exatamente isso: durante uma viagem a Paris Patti vai acumulando ideias a partir de coisas corriqueiras ...
  • Özlem Güzelharcan
    2018-11-16
    Artık aranızda bilmeyeniniz yoktur sanırım; biz Patti Smith ile ruh ikiziyiz. Sisters from another mister durumu gibi de biraz. İkimiz de sürekli acı kahve içiyoruz. O kafe senin bu kafe benim dolaşıp en kuytu köşelerde kitaplar okuyor, hüzünlü notlar alıyor, anılarımızı bozuk pikaplar gibi sarıp sarıp oynatıyoruz yeniden zihnimizde. O 70lerde yaşadı, benimse ruhum orda yaşıyor. Sevdiğimiz filmleri tekrar tekrar izliyo...
  • Inga Pizāne
    2018-03-19
    Šī grāmata sākas dienasgrāmatas formātā. Patija Smita ceļo uz Parīzi un dalās savās ceļojuma piezīmēs – gan par pilsētu, gan rakstīšanas procesu. Pēc tam sākas stāsts. Par meiteni, kuras kaislība, pat apmātība ir slidošana. Apmēram 45 lappušu garumā. Ļoti skaistā, elpu aizraujošā valodā izstāstīts stāsts. Vienlaikus – ļoti maigs. Nobeigumā autore dalās savās pārdomās par to, kāpēc cilvēkam rodas nep...
  • Sera
    2019-01-02
    Patti Smith Estonya yapımı harikulade Risttuules filmine sevgisini dile getirerek başladığı kitabında yazma ihtiyacını sorgulayarak devam ediyor. Buz patencisi Eugenia'nın içime işleyen öyküsünden sonra Camus'nün el yazmasını görmeye gidişiyle bir başka yolculuk hikayesine bizleri ortak ediyor. Adanmışlık Smith'in üslubuna doyamadığım, keşke daha uzun olsaydı dediğim kısacık ve hoş bir yolculuk oldu.
  • Gabriela Ventura
    2018-05-11
    Quem me conhece sabe que eu costumo chamar Patti Smith de Deus. O impacto da música e dos livros dessa mulher na minha vida é imenso, e eu tenho uma dívida séria de gratidão com ela.Quem me conhece também sabe que se é pra vestir o estereótipo, eu vou ficar em algum lugar entre o filho pródigo e o anjo caído, porque não sou dada às adorações cegas e a iconoclastia é um vício. Ri um pouco do título do livro, porque, afinal, é iss...
  • Hulyacln
    2018-10-17
    “Uyumsuzluk olmadan,diye yazar,fark edilmez uyum,uyumsuzluk olmadan,diye devam eder,Habil unutulmuş bir çobandan daha fazlası olarak betimlenemez.”.Uzun zaman önce izlenmiş bir film,uyur uyanık gözümüze ilişen bir görüntü,yürürken üzerinde durmadığımız ama zihnimizin sarmallarına sıkıştırdığımız bir sokak..Çoğumuz bunları istiflerken bazı kişiler ‘eyleme geçiriyor’,yazarak,söyleyerek belki de buzun üst...
  • Zizeloni
    2018-08-30
    This book has three parts. It starts with another episode of "catching up with Patti": she is in Paris, reading, remembering, getting inspiration. I loved M train, but I have to admit that starting this book I wondered "is what I am doing now the same as watching a literature reality show?"However the second part of the book was fiction: a story about a young ice skater and a man watching her. Although it started with many descriptions, I ended u...
  • Mind the Book
    2019-02-10
    Klev in på Akademibokhandeln i Varberg för att skaffa fler ballografpennor och fann en tågvänlig, fritt associerande tunnis av Patti Smith, what's not to love. Abibliofobisk bokpackning, watch this.Först blev jag emellertid irriterad över att originaltiteln verkade vara 'Written on a Train', men det är visst bara en del av boken. Däremot noterade jag nu här på goodreads att den italienska undertiteln är 'perché scrivo', vilket beskriv...
  • Michael Bohli
    2018-02-05
    Gewisse Menschen wollen nicht schreiben, sie müssen. Auch Patti Smith gehört dazu und widmet sich mit "Devotion" den Hintergründe der Tätigkeit und ihrem Ansporn. Auf typisch poetische Weise erzählt sie von ihren persönlichen Gedanken, ihren liebsten Bücher und Autoren und ihrer Umgebung. In der Mitte des kurzen und hübsch gestalteten Buches hat sogar noch eine Kurzgeschichte Platz gefunden und Smith beweist damit, dass ihre Sprache und i...
  • Andrea
    2018-08-03
    ¿Para qué se siente alguien llamado a escribir? Para apartarse, protegerse en la crisálida, disfrutar del rapto de soledad, a pesar de los deseos de los demás. Virginia Woolf tenía su habitación propia, Proust sus ventanas cerradas, Marguerite Duras, su casa silenciosa, Dylan Tomas, su modesto cobertizo._ Patti SmithLo primero que diré es que este libro tiene una introducción que, ¡chapó! Conocer a Patti mediante alguno de sus recuerdos...
  • Mira | I Read Like Phoebe Runs
    2018-05-23
    Mustalla taivaalla planeetat riippuivat matalalla, päätä huimaavan lähellä. Kaikki oli kirjoitettu yhteen lasinsiruun. Rakkauden hehkua hän ei tuntenut. Hänellä oli ruhjotun linnun kasvot.Omistautuminen avaa Patti Smithin omaa suhdetta kirjoittamiseen, ja onkin alunperin julkaistu osana Yale Universityn Why I Write -sarjaa. Smithin teosten lukeminen on, aina ja poikkeuksetta, intiimiä, inspiroivaa, henkilökohtaista ja huumaavaa. Kirjan ...
  • Filoména
    2018-11-14
    Zklamaná. Těšila jsem se na český překlad od chvíle, co se objevil v edičním plánu. Mám Patti Smith ráda, moc ráda, ale Oddanost mi nesedla. Příběh mě dokonce vyloženě otrávil. Ach jo... Pustím se do jejích starších věcí. Tak to udělám.