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#womenslives: “Unaccustomed to such an overwhelming case of nerves…”

newyorker:

“Unaccustomed to such an overwhelming case of nerves, I was unable to continue. I hadn’t forgotten the words that were now a part of me. I was simply unable to draw them out.”

Read Patti Smith’s essay on seventy years of being human, and what made her stop singing during Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize ceremony.