One of my favorite passages:
"Robert, Harry, and I often went together [to eat at the Automat], and getting the fellows under way could take a lot more time than eating.
It can't be true that perseverance conquers failure every time. We only hear the success stories. Where are the stories from the unrelenting that never get told? Are those persistent souls still at it? They'll tell their stories, too, after they have succeeded? If you abandon your quest, then you gave up too soon? If you die before you reach your goal, well, it's n'ermore.
Don't miss the cover story about Patti Smith in the October 16, 2011 issue of the NYT Style Magazine. You'll become her fan if you're not already.