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