Patti Smith

In Her New Memoir "M Train," Patti Smith Explores Loss

“It’s not so easy writing about nothing.” This is how we enter M Train, the new memoir from writer, poet, and accomplished punk singer Patti Smith. The sentiment comes to Smith in a dream, spoken by a recurring cowpoke. She never does refute his idea completely—in fact her frequent bouts of writer’s block all but support it. But she spends the book trying to explore and deal with the intangible parts of the world: love, loss, and loneliness.