Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Go Rimbaud and Go Johnny Go
I'm reading Patti Smith's Just Kids, her reminiscence of her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and she writes a lot about her adolescent passions in reading, from Foxe's Book of Martyrs to Rimbaud and Verlaine. It's making me wonder what the disaffected youth of today are reading. Born in 1946, Smith is pre-YA era, but do her literary descendants find anything of value in the books we publish for teens today? Or does their self-defined outlaw status keep them away from anything adults decree to be "for" them?