I’m both fearful, and really, really excited for this to happen…
Last year, Patti Smith – punk icon and the patron saint of faghags everywhere – published her memoir JUST KIDS a deeply honest recounting of her life and early career, starting in the late 1960′s. The story spells out what it was to live the untethered, Bohemian life in New York, and living with, being inspired by and creating one of the most mind-bending, platonic, “no-need-for-gender-identifiers” love stories imaginable with queer arts pioneer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Now, I shouldn’t need to tell you who Robert Mapplethorpe is, but you can rent BLACK, WHITE + GRAY (awesome film!) and get some great insight into his life – But there are two things you should know about him: 1) At one point in his career, he made Jesse Helms very angry, which makes me very happy, and 2) His photography was exquisite.
Now, Patti’s book is being made into a film. I’m happy to report that Patti will be around to adapt the story into screenplay form. There are rumors that Eliza Dushku was planning to produce a Mapplethorpe biopic, possibly as a vehicle for her brother Nate (who could carry off the look, I suppose) but frankly, it’s all about James Franco these days.