Off the Patti Smith recommendation brings another memoir to mind, quite different in tone yet a great read.  Pick up, Donald Hall’s Unpacking the Boxes. Donald Hall is a historian with a devils wit.

Once again, the New York Times pens a banner review.

“Growing up on the crest of World War II in Connecticut, Hall was warned off masturbation by his father, but found relief in Flaubert and Tolstoy: “My understanding of what took place in locked carriages was imperfect, but I knew that it was something wicked and worth dying for.” He took on Keats and Shelley. “Every afternoon, I shut the door of my bedroom to write: Poetry was secret, dangerous, wicked and delicious.”