The Wisdom of Patti Smith

Patti Smith gave a commencement speech at Pratt Institute on Monday night:

I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to talk about: Moby Dick, the slaves of Michelangelo, Hans Hoffman, My Bloody Valentine, but now that I’m here, my greatest urge is to speak to you of dental care.   My generation had a rough go, dentally.”

Listen to the whole speech here. No one is wiser, funnier, or cooler.

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13 Responses to The Wisdom of Patti Smith

  1. Silke says:

    Did you read her book ‘just kids’? I can totally recommend it, such a great read!

  2. Amazing and all manner of words that can’t capture her brilliance.

  3. Faux Fuchsia says:

    Let’s hear it for dental care!

    Ironically tomorrow I meet my friend the endodontist (specialist dentist dealing in tooth pain) for brunch.

    SW I just made Mr FF watch the Stones in Exile with me. It loses nothing in its 2nd viewing and the clothes and hair and house in France are all fab too.

  4. God – she should live in England!

  5. I count myself blessed to have been around back in the day when Patti was still just hanging out like the rest of us. I thank goodness she isn’t one of the ones that fell into the abyss as I really thought she would, and rose victorious instead!

  6. Bessie the very tired cow says:

    I hate censorship more than toilet paper sticking to my heal after a visit to the potty, so I’ve been censored from hearing the speach. I guess I’ll have to wait to hear it from home.

  7. annemarie says:

    I love Patti Smith, but I don’t think that was one of her finest moments….sorry.

  8. dust says:

    She is more brilliant than I thought, since musically it was never my taste and it’s a different generation. I’m glad I’ve heard her speak.

  9. Dru says:

    Like Bessie, I’ve been subjected to censorship. Damn.

  10. Miss B says:

    I LOVE her.

  11. Dru says:

    But speaking of commencement speeches, this will have to be superlative beyond superlative if it is to beat J.K. Rowling’s 2008 commencement speech at Harvard (which got listened to by, among others, a guy I knew in school and the teen chick-lit plagiarist who wrote that Opal Mehta book (or most of it, anyway).

  12. Cami says:

    The youtube interviews from when she was quite young blow me away (dust, watch these, you might be swayed!). She’s so honest, rude and raw, crawling all over the couch in interviews with Tom Snyder and Conan, directing the questions how she wanted them to go etc and in between all the shit stirring/no bullshit attitude and hilarity, she has these moments of absolute genius where she blurts out the most ironic, spiritual (not normally my thing, but she pulls it off) dazzlingly lucid, human comments that kinda make you realize how BIG a person she is, a force of nature!
    And as you mentioned Sister, innately fucking cool. There ain’t that many FUNNY chicks in the world!

  13. Impacted Wisdom Teeth says:

    I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed at the same time. They were so impacted that they were growing into my jaw. I had local anesthesia in the surgery. The surgery itself wasn’t really too painful (besdies the shots to numb you up). It’s after the surgery when the medication goes away that you will experience A LOT of pain and swelling in the cheeks.

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