The Missing Piece Podcast with Aaron Tredwell and Janet Mock is dedicated to authenticity and transparency when it comes to showing what relationships really look like.
Last night I read the final page of Just Kids, Patti Smith’s coming-of-age memoir about her life in New York City with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Their journey began as a love story, but soon evolved into one of survival and friendship and loyalty and committment — to one another and to their art.
“The only thing I promised him was that I would wear a clean shirt with no stains on it,” Smith wrote of one of the last photographs Mapplethorpe took of her. “I flung my jacket over my shoulder, Frank Sinatra style. I was full of references. He was full of light and shadow. When I look at it now, I never see me. I see us.”