Review: “American Smoke,” Iain Sinclair’s History of the Beat Generation

American Smoke: Journey to the End of the Light by Iain Sinclair Faber & Faber, 320 pages Iain Sinclair is a psychographer, a term he eschews, but reading his work is an experience that goes beyond the implications of that word. In American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light, Sinclair follows the footsteps, sometimes real and sometimes imagined, of great counterculture figures of the Beat Generation such as William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Charles Olson, Malcom Lowry, Allen […]

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