"One does their work for the people, and the more people you can touch, the more wonderful it is. You don't make work and say, 'I only want the cool people to read it.' I mean, fuck you! You want everyone to read it [...] Maybe you want to or maybe you want to write scripts for detective shows... it doesn't really matter."

As William S. Burroughs once told a young Smith: "Build a good name. Keep your name clean, and don't make any compromises."

'Patti Smith: advice for the young' [Louisiana Channel]