A Rock and Roller and the Written Word

Patti Smith, the godmother of punk and author of Just Kids, owns a page of Jim Morrison’s last notebook. She also has a watercolor by Hermann Hesse, several of H.P. Lovecraft’s letters, and one of Arthur Rimbaud’s calling cards.

Below is a conversation between Smith and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Jonathan Lethem at the Pen American Center about their love of books, collecting, and writing.