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Patti Smith: Babel (Putnam/Longman)

Jeffrey Morgan, Roxy, June 1978

TEMPTING AS IT MAY BE, it would be far too easy to dismiss Patti Smith merely as a literary quack and let it go at that. Still, after being confronted with a collection of her writings, one can’t help but be left with the feeling of not having read a finished, cohesive work so much as a loosely-knit series of excuses for publishing a book.

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