Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” Coming to TV

The legendary Patti Smith is joining forces with Showtime to make a TV series out of her beautiful, cinematic memoir “Just Kids,” which focuses on Smith’s relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The news has been met with excitement and terror—if done well, the show could be both insightful and magical, but Smith’s writing in the book is so evocative and emotional that some believe a …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The history of the leap-second, DIY skateparks, wasabi-making caterpillars and more in this week's look at the web

1. The History of The Leap Second If Tuesday felt like it went by slower than usual, that’s because it did. A leap second was added to Tuesday’s time in order to keep the Earth’s rotation in sync with the atomic clock. As NASA explains it, scientists once analyzed radio waves sent from far off quasars to determine that our planet’s rotation is gradually slowing …

Patti Smith’s New Memoir

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Following up the beautifully written “Just Kids,” Patti Smith—singer, songwriter, poet, artist and icon—has announced her new memoir, “M Train,” will be released later this year. Described as a trip “through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations,” the book is said to explore Smith’s feelings about her craft and creative origins, as …