Everybody's talking about Patti Smith's nonfiction win at last night's National Book Awards, probably because no one has read the fiction winner, Jaime Gordon's Lord of Misrule
. (Seriously... anyone?) I can't find video of Smith's apparently teary acceptance speech; instead, here's Smith on Fresh Air
earlier this year, talking to Terry Gross about the book. I don't read a ton of nonfiction, so I don't really feel inclined to comment on whether Smith's book really was the best nonfiction title of the year, but I did like it a lot
—she's an amazing lady.