PATTI SMITH: Your questions

What would you ask the legendary punk musician, poet and memoirist – who says a new newsletter project has reinvented her approach to creativity?

It didn’t take long for lockdown to be reframed as the chance to finally produce that creative masterpiece you’ve been sitting on: after all, Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague, so what’s your excuse? Patti Smith – as ever – did something more interesting with her time, focusing not on one singular work but an opportunity to let her wild creativity roam while she shielded with a bronchial condition.

In April 2021, Smith launched a Substack newsletter to share her poetry, music and thoughts. It quickly inspired The Melting, a longer, serialised work (now at 45 parts and counting) that started as her ...

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