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Question: What is true friendship all about?
This chapter of Just Kids tells a beautiful story of two struggling artists who supported each other during their creative process. They met at a very young age. Patti had just dropped out of college and they both had been working at two separate bookstores. Patti didn’t have to struggle; she could have lived at home with her parents. She chose her own path because she wanted to be free because she had “a more romantic view on an artist’s life and sacrifices” (57). Robert would worry more about how they could survive with no money, but whenever one was down and petrified for the moment, the other would act as a supporting background.
They influenced each other’s work and would discuss many figures who also, in turn, influenced them. What they had went past love and affection. What they displayed to each other was true understanding. Things would always be changing in the outside world. But they would always work alongside. In an interview, Patti mentioned that if Robert were still alive, she was sure they would have influenced each other until the end.
Even though they worked alongside each other, this also helped them challenge themselves and grow creatively. Patti even mentions the change in their works as originally Robert had majorly been influenced by LSD but then turned to Catholicism for his pieces. As their pieces began to change so did their relationship. They became less as lovers to one another, and more of a backbone.
Smith, Patti. Just Kids. New York: Ecco, 2010. Print.
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