When In Doubt, Work

Patti Smith

One of the best events I've been to this summer was Hop Farm Music Festival, headlined by Bob Dylan, who delivered a fun, high-energy interpretation of his classics that I thought pure genius.

Even more exciting, though, was the heart-clenching set delivered by one of my all-time artist-icons, Patti Smith.

It got me reading her autobiographical prelude to fame and fortune, Just Kids,  and I wanted to share this great passage, about how she handled creative doubt when she was becoming an artist.

She is writing about painting and poems here  but what she says applies to creating anything, including the rock career and happy family she went on to have.

“In my low points,” she writes, “I wondered: what was the point of

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