Portrait of the Artist

April 24, 2011
(was 04.18.2010)

Patti Smith revolutionized rock'n'roll in the Seventies by fusing poetry with rock music. Now, she's written a remarkable memoir about her emergence as an artist, and her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In this hour of To the Best of our Knowledge, we'll talk with Patti Smith, and hear from acclaimed novelist Ian McEwan about his views on fiction and today's literary world.

  1. David Shields on Art & Reality

    Cultural critic David Shields wants to change the way we think about art.

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  2. Ian McEwan on "Solar"

    Esteemed British novelist Ian McEwan reads from his latest book, "Solar"...

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  3. Harriet Reisen on Louisa May Alcott

    Harriet Reisen tells Anne Strainchamps that Alcott loved to anonymously write racy thrillers and organized women's political activity decades before suffrage was won.

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  4. Patti Smith on "Just Kids"

    Patti Smith was born in South Jersey. She grew up determined to become an artist.

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