Life and How to Live It – by Keith Richards… (And His Wife)

One major, and slightly embarrassing, omission to yesterday’s list of upcoming pop-culture events is the […]

David Zahl / 9.8.10

One major, and slightly embarrassing, omission to yesterday’s list of upcoming pop-culture events is the October 26th release of Keith Richards’ autobiography (!) Life. Here’s the man himself on books and history – so funny:

Promoting the book (and talking about her recent bout with cancer), Keef’s wife Patti Hanson was interviewed in Vogue last month and came out with the following shocking admission:

“I’m a Christian. I’m a believer. I believe that Christ is God. And Keith questions all that. I think he believes in a God, but he’s not a Christian. And he just gets into this ‘You believe because your parents believed,’ and I’ll say, ‘Don’t do that to me, Keith.’ I have a strong faith. You are sort of brought into it and then you make a choice yourself. It’s my choice. And politics? I definitely want to be an Independent now, but my family is Republican. Keith is essentially a Democrat.” She laughs. “But maybe that’s what makes it work. We make it work.”

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5 responses to “Life and How to Live It – by Keith Richards… (And His Wife)”

  1. Margaret E says:

    Wow, I never figured I had so much in common with Patti Hanson!

  2. Ken says:

    Well darn, if Keith's book has more revelations that interesting, I'll have to buy it. First I should finish the Barzun, which has been casting me reproachful glances since Christmas 2008.

  3. StampDawg says:

    I have been wanting to read the Barzun too — though I haven't bought it yet. I keep forgetting.

    Ken, your phrase Reproachful Glances was perfect! I find the whole of phenomenon of high art (most often books and movies) sitting unread or unwatched on a shelf and inducing guilt in their owners so striking. It's been talked about at Mockingbird before, sometimes in connection with NetFlix, though only tangentially. I'm curious to hear more about your experience — and even more would love to see a thread devoted to that itself.

  4. Ken says:

    StampDawg, in my case it's not quite that I guiltily avoid high art. I so overindulged in rock music when I was younger, that the high and more demanding stuff is what I crave these days. With a few notable exceptions, it's what feeds me most. But what I do which is akin to avoiding it is to buy big books — Barzun's, David Bentley Hart's, Alasdair MacIntyre's — and let them sit around while I read something that takes less concentration not because of its subject matter but because it's shorter. That's my bad habit. Or one of them. I'd love to hear your own pattern.

  5. Theo says:

    Great competition at to win an incredible Keith Richards Wingless Angels Prize pack!

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