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American smoke : journeys to the end of the light : a fiction of memory

Author: Iain Sinclair
Publisher: New York : Faber & Faber, Inc., 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"The visionary writer Iain Sinclair turns his sights to the Beat Generation in America in his most epic journey yet "How best to describe Iain Sinclair?" asks Robert Macfarlane in The Guardian. "A literary mud-larker and tip-picker? A Travelodge tramp (his phrase)? A middle-class dropout with a gift for bullshit (also his phrase)? A toxicologist of the twenty-first-century landscape? A historian of countercultures  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Iain Sinclair; Iain Sinclair
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iain Sinclair
ISBN: 9780865478671 0865478678
OCLC Number: 846545236
Description: 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ocean. Two men smoking ; Frozen air ; Lowell ; John Sampas ; Safe haven ; The party ; Dogtown --
Fire. There's no home ; Oscar ; Vulcano --
Smoke. Kodak mantra diaries ; New York ; The trespasser ; Corso ; Burroughs over Kansas ; Dream science --
Mountain. Ripe ; Vancouver ; Dollarton ; Seattle ; Forks ; Kitkitdizze ; Burbland ; Berkeley ; Hollywood --
Ash. America ground.
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"The visionary writer Iain Sinclair turns his sights to the Beat Generation in America in his most epic journey yet "How best to describe Iain Sinclair?" asks Robert Macfarlane in The Guardian. "A literary mud-larker and tip-picker? A Travelodge tramp (his phrase)? A middle-class dropout with a gift for bullshit (also his phrase)? A toxicologist of the twenty-first-century landscape? A historian of countercultures and occulted pasts? An intemperate WALL-E, compulsively collecting and compacting the city's textual waste? A psycho-geographer (from which term Sinclair has been rowing away ever since he helped launch it into the mainstream)? He's all of these, and more." Now, for the first time, the enigma that is Iain Sinclair lands on American shores for his long-awaited engagement with the memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats and their fellow travelers. A book filled with bad journeys and fated decisions, American Smoke is an epic walk in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Charles Olson, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and others, heated by obsession (the Old West, volcanoes, Mexico) and enlivened by false memories, broken reports, and strange adventures. With American Smoke, Sinclair confirms his place as the most innovative of our chroniclers of the contemporary"--

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