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Book Review: M Train By Patti Smith

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Book Review:M Train by Patti Smith

 

M Train is singer,songwriter,National award-winning novelist Patti Smith’s self-written memoir.Set in eighteen “stations” all around the globe from Europe,Asia to South America.

As Smith sets on expeditions to find the headstones of artists such as writers Osamu Dazai,Sylvia Plath,and director Akira Kurosawa among other ventures like her travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico City,in Mexico. While taking coffee breaks to write and snap photos for what’s to become of this story.

 A story which is not a continuation to 2010, Just Kids ,Smith’s first self-written memoir,as many would have expected.Just Kids was set an earlier time frame between  ‘1960s to early ’70s at the upcoming of Smith’s career and generalization as an artist.A novel dedicated to early lover and friend and artist Robert Mapplethorpe.The story is set in New York, at a time Beat writers influenced a whole new generation of lower class artists such as  Bob Dylan and Smith to became the aspirational artists they are today.

M Train is a big time lapse between her upbringing as New York ,Beat artist to that which Smith has evolved to on this new recollection of dead poets and capital city names. M-Train is a continuation of Smith’s life as an artist ,yet it takes a new dynamic as it remembers her husband , Fred “Sonic” Smith member of rock n’ roll band MC5.

The story only manages to recall family affairs poorly as she only briefly recounts of now grown children and deceased husband,  establishing a tone of alienation and deprived grief for those she has lost.

M Train is a lot like it’s namesake metaphorically,a train recounting Smith’s transitional memorable destination terminals,as well as time span that is briefly reminiscent of the Smith’s past, life periods. The tone is told in a sedimentary ,and poetically manner of prose that makes reading her daily routines admirable.

A novel that holds a theme of lost and redemption of even the dearest material needs which in turn internalize the author’s realization of a deep reconciliation  with what really is of matter in this life.

My name is Atziry Garcia and I’m from Dallas, Texas. I’m a journalism major in the making, who enjoys blogging and taking photos on my free time. I enjoy writing about all topics including fashion, film, books, feminism and music among many. My other hobbies include doing yoga, going on long walks and developing film. I’m a proud hipster who enjoys anything vintage and under the radar of the mainstream.

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Zayn Malik Writing an Autobiography!

Think of how much Zayn Malik has done since leaving One Direction. He broke off an engagement, started dating a gorgeous supermodel (Gigi Hadid), released a solo album, you name it! Now to add to that list, he is writing a memoir…

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Think of how much Zayn Malik has done since leaving One Direction. He broke off an engagement, started dating a gorgeous supermodel (Gigi Hadid), released a solo album, you name it! Now to add to that list, he is writing a memoir.

With the singer being a tender age of 23, you would wonder what he has to say, but considering he is such a celebrated name and has done so much after leaving a boyband, I personally believe he may have ample things to say. He is iconic for so many things, and his style is one of them.

We can celebrate that or his raunchy song lyrics that are still very catchy. Sure, the 23-year-old charmer has his own ideas and his thoughts that he seeks to translate to paper in an autobiographical approach, but there are questions, pressing questions that is, that still plague the hearts and minds of curious and eager fans.

Who knows what is in store and how exhilarating this memoir will be? Of course, I can imagine he will focus on his mainstream success and his solo career. The question I am  still obsessively concerned with, but maybe not as much as others, is why did he leave One Direction?

Who is Zayn  and can this book work to break all of the premonitions and prejudices that fans and people that are certainly not fans, have of him? By this I mean how people say Zayn seems like a jerk or that he seems conceited.

No doubt, his career is taking off already with a commendable, meticulously enjoyable album already out. We shall see what is in store with this book! Reportedly, the book will surface November 1 of the year!

 

 

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Today, in 1951, Catcher in the Rye by JD Sallinger was Published

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Today, July 16, in year 1951, the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by author J.D. Sallinger, was published. I remember reading the book cover-to-cover in high school for a project and really finding it fun and insightful. The brilliant novel is still popular today, catering to readers timelessly. The reflective and retrospective novel, based on fictional protagonist, Holden Caulifield, is a collective reflection of his feelings of his teenage years, given to his younger sister, Phoebe Caulifield. Since it caters to all speakers of languages worldwide, and 250,000 copies are sold each year, according to the Wikipedia page.

The novel has notably made many lists, including Time magazine’s top 100 novels, entering this list at 25 in 2005. Set in 1949, the novel is based on the 16-17 year old Holden Caulifield and is set in the various schools that Holden has flunk out of. At the end of the novel, readers see that Holden essentially has told the story to his little sister, Phoebe, to whom he gives a hat. Featuring the point of view of protagonist, Holden Caulifield, the novel also features colloquial terms from his teenage years, making the novel more relatable to the common reader that it caters to. The teenage reader can have definitely many interpretations of the novel, and the reader sees the reference made to the title at the end, while children play and mention the “catcher in the rye.” On this roughly 25-year anniversary of the awesome book, you can pick it up and read it, and make sure you do this!

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Astronaut Scott Kelly to Write Book Chronicling Months Spent in Space

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Astronaut Scott Kelly to Write Book Chronicling Months Spent in Space

Scott Kelly, who returned to Earth last month after spending almost a year aboard the International Space Station, will write a book chronicling his groundbreaking journey. “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars”  will be published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Kelly holds the record for the most total time spent in space, with more than 520 days logged on spacecraft, including the 340 consecutive days he worked on the space station.

In an excerpt from the book provided by Knopf, Kelly describes the hardships he endured during his time aboard the station: “During my time in orbit, I lost bone mass, my muscles atrophied, and my blood redistributed itself in my body, which strained my heart. Every day, I was exposed to ten times the radiation of a person on Earth, which will increase my risk of a fatal cancer for the rest of my life. Not to mention the psychological stress, which is harder to quantify and perhaps as damaging.”

He retired from NASA this month, weeks after he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth after completing the nearly yearlong mission aboard the International Space Station. The project was launched to observe how long-term spaceflights affect the human body.

Several medical experiments were conducted on Kelly, as well as on his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, who was on Earth at the time, and served as a kind of control subject.

According to a news release from the publisher, Kelly’s book “will tell the story of his journey to space and his life aboard the ISS. He will also recount the obstacles he encountered along the way – his early struggles in school (where he was a C-student), his training as a Navy test pilot, and the work required to become an astronaut (and live in space for one year).”

The book will also contain Scott Kelly’s arguments in favor of more space travel, both government-sponsored and private. “There are few aspects of everyday life that aren’t touched by the technologies developed for space travel,” he writes, “but these innovations aren’t the only benefits of spaceflight … The superhuman accomplishment of innovation, perseverance, and cooperation carried out by thousands of Americans working towards one audacious goal speaks for itself.”

Kelly, who earned more than 1 million Twitter followers with the photos he took from the space station, will also publish a book of photographs. There are plans for Random House Children’s Books to publish “several books about his time in space for young readers” as well.

“Endurance” will be Scott Kelly’s first book, but his brother, Mark, is already a prolific writer. Mark Kelly has published children’s books such as “Mousetronaut” and “Astrotwins: Project Rescue,” as well as two nonfiction books he co-wrote with his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011.

Scott Kelly is co-writing “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars” with Margaret Lazarus Dean, author of “Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight,” which was published last year by Graywolf Press. “Endurance” will be published in November 2017.

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