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BY THE BOOK: The ever-prolific artist, photographer and performer Patti Smith has just put the finishing touches on a book about her early days with Robert Mapplethorpe. The pair lived together while he was at Pratt, later called The Chelsea Hotel home and remained friends after their relationship dissolved. Due out in December under a HarperCollins imprint, “Just Kids” covers their “youthful rebellion” from 1967 to 1975, a tale Smith promised Mapplethorpe she would write before he died in 1989. Smith, who received a Pratt Legends award Thursday night from Edward Mapplethorpe, Robert’s brother, said she still has an ongoing conversation, so to speak, with the late artist, as she does with all of the people she loves and has lost.
Pratt, meanwhile, raised $400,000 for student scholarships at last week’s Legends dinner.