'It was made of two enameled metal plaques bound together with heavy black and silver threads, like a very old and exotic scapular. It cost eighteen dollars, which seemed like a lot of money. When things were quiet I would take it out of the case and trace the calligraphy etched upon its violet surface, and dream up tales of its origins.'
She still has it. Has anyone seen a photo of this necklace?
Just Kids is romantic to the last page. Patti is a poet, writing a love letter to her beloved, so she may have sacrificed honesty to beauty since that is where a poet's fealty lies. One moment clearly illuminated the truth of their love and relationship. Mapplethorpe, dying of AIDS, photographed Smith and her new daughter and said, "We never had a child," adding, "We gave ourselves to art."