The mannish style of Patti Smith

When I lived in South Jersey or whatever, there was no time for daydreaming,” she says. “And life was simpler there. You weren’t hassled, you didn’t have people trying to hold you up, or goose you and stuff like that. But that’s all there was. There was no chance for extension. There was no chance to be destroyed or really be creative there. You just lived. And that’s OK for some people, but I always felt something different stirring in me. And that’s like why I came here. Because I knew there was stuff inside me that could, like, flower. Maybe it would really ruin me. But at least it would come out. There was no place for it to surface (Patti Smith).