This should make us 50% excited and 50% perturbed. Let me explain. Smart, educated and worldly people should idolize Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith and will be excited to see more of them and learn some personal tid-bits of their lives. The 50% perturbed part of us, likes the mystery of not-knowing what an artists wears around the house or what they look like when they crawl out of bed or fight with their maid. In the era of reality TV and over exposure, some people do not want to be overexposed to Robert Mapplethorpe–Patti Smith. We like what we know about them just the way it is.
Punk icon Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, about her life with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is being adapted into a motion picture screenplay, reports entertainment website Deadline.
Smith will collaborate withGladiator screenwriter John Logan. Just Kids won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction and documents the relationship between the two artists from the late 1960s and how they inspired each other to become leaders in their fields. Mapplethorpe, whose innovative, provocative work was often mired in controversy over its graphic sexual imagery, died of AIDS-related causes in 1989.