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Just Kids Wins National Book Award—Woolly Mammoth Reflects On Life And Loss

As I noted a few days ago, Extinct, a Woolly Mammoth, is the newest contributor to Texas Liberal.

Extinct has been reading of late  Just Kids by the performer and artist Patti Smith.

This book tells the story of Ms. Smith’s youthful friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

Mr. Mapplethorpe, a well-known photographer, died of AIDS at age 43 in 1989.

As a Woolly Mammoth, Extinct knows all about the passing of time and about the value of longtime relationships.

Longtime friendships offer a measure of reply to death.

There is at least an illusion of permanence when someone knows us as we change with the years.

There is also memory.

The depth of memory when we know a person very well after many years allows us to transcend the passing time.

Just Kids was recently selected as the winner of the National Book Award.

I suggest that you read Just Kids. Just Kids is an instructive book about life, relationships, and death.

Extinct feels the same way about this book. Extinct has seen a lot of life and death.

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November 19, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. I will definitely read Just Kids.

    Wish I could link your daily posts to my Face Book and Twitter accounts. I did manage to post; The Fact That Texas House Speaker Straus Is Jewish Is An Issue With Some Conservatives. I’m personally very concerned about the Tea Party in Texas and their Texas Republican support.

    Mil Gracias,
    Luis

    Comment by Luis Guerrero | November 19, 2010

  2. Your fellow Cincinnati expat loves this page!
    I’ll be following+
    Dave

    Comment by Dave Bottoms | November 19, 2010

  3. Thanks for these kind comments.

    I need to make the blog more accessible to be networked–or whatever the right term might be. Maybe someday i’ll get around to some of the improvements I’d like to make.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 19, 2010

  4. You may already know this, but in wordpress if you go to Settings and then click on Sharing, you can add facebook, twitter, and email buttons to the bottom of every post, making it really easy for readers to share your posts with their friends (or their disgruntled Republican family members).

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Comment by Sarah V. | November 20, 2010

  5. Sarah—I had no idea. Thank you very much.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 20, 2010

  6. [...] new contributor to Texas Liberal, a woolly mammoth named Extinct, noted that Just Kids by Patti Smith was the winner of the National Book Award for 2010. Just Kids an account of Ms. Smith’s youthful relationship with the photographer Robert [...]

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  7. [...] new contributor to Texas Liberal, a woolly mammoth named Extinct, noted that Just Kids by Patti Smith was the winner of the National Book Award for 2010. Just Kids is an account of Ms. Smith’s youthful relationship with the photographer Robert [...]

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