‘For about a decade, I’ve been pretending to know who Patti Smith is. I mean, I do know technically who she is. I know that she sang “Because the Night”, and every now and then she pops up at a festival and people lose their shit. But I can’t confidently tell you what her deal is, or what her most famous album is called, or what it means when someone says that something is “very Patti Smith”. A few years ago I picked up “Just Kids” in an HMV fire sale. It’s been on my bookshelf ever since. I know that once I learn the smallest fact about Patti Smith I will become instantly obsessed with her, and I have not had the bandwidth to facilitate that kind of obsession while maintaining all my other ones. Now, I have the time. Check back with me in a month when I have lots of boring and sentimental thoughts about New York in the ’70s.’ Caroline’s novel ‘Scenes of a Graphic Nature’ is out on Jun 18, published by Virago.