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Patti Smith's Substack 'The reader is my notebook' offers deeply personal reflections, blending her daily experiences, travels, music appreciation, and memories of beloved companions like her cat Cairo. It serves as a diary, capturing her thoughts on art, relationships, places, and events, accompanied by poetic musings and photographs.

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14996 implied HN points 26 Jan 24
  1. Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye enjoyed a day together in the city, reminiscing about past performances and exploring the neighborhood.
  2. They watched the movie Poor Things in an old-fashioned theater, appreciating the cinematography and performances.
  3. Their friendship spans over half a century, highlighting the value of long-lasting friendships.
11871 implied HN points 28 Jan 24
  1. The post is a poem celebrating Jackson Pollock's birthday
  2. The poem pays homage to Pollock's art and spirit
  3. Readers are encouraged to support Patti Smith's work by subscribing
25492 implied HN points 03 Nov 23
  1. The writer shares a message from the airport, mentioning the struggle of buying coffee without a credit card.
  2. The writer reflects on the upcoming family gathering and the significance of significant events for them.
  3. The post ends with a wish for the readers to have a great day while considering the challenges faced by others.
10554 implied HN points 24 Jan 24
  1. The author reflects on the joy of learning penmanship and practicing handwriting with dipping pens and ink in school.
  2. The author's dream was to write like the authors of the Declaration of Independence and copied it line by line at different points in their life.
  3. The post celebrates National Handwriting Day and mentions a meditation on the importance and beauty of handwriting.
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28342 implied HN points 26 Sep 23
  1. Cairo Smith was a unique and special cat who lived to nearly 22 years, showing unwavering love and courage.
  2. Cairo had a deep bond with Patti Smith, being her guardian, friend, and companion throughout their time together.
  3. Cairo's gentle and loving nature touched the lives of many, bringing comfort, affection, and joy to those around her.
7704 implied HN points 07 Feb 24
  1. The Cup is a meaningful gift from a friend
  2. The cup has a symbolic feature with pale blue crossed swords
  3. Patti Smith's work is reader-supported
7527 implied HN points 06 Feb 24
  1. Patti Smith shares her daily activities and wishes readers a good night.
  2. She prepared cod, purple sweet potatoes, and micro greens for the evening meal.
  3. Patti Smith's publication is reader-supported, and readers can subscribe to support her work.
8942 implied HN points 20 Jan 24
  1. The author visited Naples to see the Sansevero Chapel.
  2. The author wanted to study the Veiled Christ sculpture for a story they are writing.
  3. The post is intended for paid subscribers only.
6387 implied HN points 08 Feb 24
  1. The post is the final installment of a series called The New Jerusalem
  2. The author discusses responding to difficult times with art, music, poetry, theater, dance, and film
  3. Patti Smith expresses appreciation for the engagement and shares an image of a youth with birds
19458 implied HN points 26 Sep 23
  1. The author shares thoughts and emotions on a chilly autumn morning.
  2. The author reminisces about a beloved companion, Cairo, who has passed away.
  3. The author will continue to write and travel, sharing personal reflections along the way.
18121 implied HN points 23 Sep 23
  1. John Coltrane's music was a powerful force of love and creativity.
  2. For many, Coltrane symbolized spiritual seeking and artistic freedom in the 1960s.
  3. The impact of John Coltrane's music on individuals and their relationships is profound and lasting.
16411 implied HN points 01 Oct 23
  1. Patti Smith shares a pictorial report on her recent journey
  2. She talks about her experiences in Paris and at the Rimbaud property
  3. Smith reflects on visiting the Reims Cathedral and lighting candles for her cat Cairo
13660 implied HN points 03 Oct 23
  1. Patti Smith returned to Parma for a festival honoring Guiseppe Verdi and St. Francis.
  2. Loris Borghi, who previously presented an honorary doctorate to Patti Smith, passed away in 2018.
  3. Patti Smith's visit to Parma included exploring the town, sharing pictures, and a venue performance the next day.
11871 implied HN points 16 Sep 23
  1. Patti Smith had a great show in Cincinnati with The National's Homecoming.
  2. She sang 'I Need My Girl' with The National's singer and got a cool hoodie from Dave Willis.
  3. Packing her things, Patti Smith is off to Washington D.C., with Michael Stipe and The Walkman members making appearances.
2299 implied HN points 11 Feb 24
  1. The post titled 'The New Jerusalem' by Patti Smith is for paid subscribers only, indicating exclusive content for a specific audience.
  2. The post delves into deep philosophical or spiritual themes, referencing biblical verses and provoking thought on the nature of time and existence.
  3. The content presented appears to be rich in imagery and poetry, inviting readers to explore complex concepts within the author's perspective.
11910 implied HN points 05 May 23
  1. Patti Smith shares pictures from the Avedon 100 show
  2. The show featured portraits of old friends and Samuel Beckett
  3. Smith is looking forward to the upcoming Smithposium event
11792 implied HN points 08 Apr 23
  1. Vermeer's exhibition featured 28 of his 37 known works in one space.
  2. Vermeer faced financial struggles and only sold two paintings a year.
  3. Vermeer's family, though not wealthy in their lifetime, are admired through his works today.