What Patti Smith Said Last Night…

in her commencement speech to the graduates of Pratt Institute: “I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to talk about: Moby Dick, the slaves of Michelangelo, Hans Hoffman, My Bloody Valentine, but now that I’m here, my greatest urge is speak to you about dental care. My generation had a rough go, dentally. You have a better chance at dental health, and I say this because at night you want to be pacing the floor because your muse is burning inside of you, because you want to do your work, because you want to finish that canvas, because you want to make that design, because you want to help your fellow man. You don’t want to be pacing because you need a damn root canal…Floss, use salt, baking soda, get them professionally cleaned, take care of your damn teeth…Taking care of your teeth and being happy, they will be your greatest allies. Because when you’re happy, you ignite that little flame that tells you and reminds you who you are, and it will ignite your enthusiasm for things.” So go forth, class of 2010, and smile!


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