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American SmokeRs     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. A relatively slim volume 'American Smoke' is an extract from Iain Sinclair's forthcoming 2011 book 'Ghost Milk Calling Time on the Grand Project' Sinclair's prose is as sinuous and dreamlike as ever and from the few pages here which narrate a portion of an alternative US road trip without recourse to the car I'm looking forward to reading the full book next year

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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 ”     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 travele. Name dropping travelogue of Beat Poet tour of the US Didn't get vaguely interesting until the author visited Burroughs but of course Burroughs was old and we didn't get much insight into his life except that his current schedule is centered around a methadone fix and a drink As for what drove these Beats to reject the worldview of post war America barely sketched Disappointing and excruciating to read

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American Smoke Summary ✓ 102 º 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 alsoThe 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. This is another of Sinclair's rambling non fiction collections labelled as 'Documentary' in the book's prelims and one of the better ones for me As with many of his books it combines psychogeographic wanderings with literary investigation and the search for coincidence and connection between writers and places in this case the subjects of his wanderings are the American poetswriters of the Beat era including Charles Olson Gregory Corso Jack Kerouac William Burroughs Gary Snyder Cal Shutter Ed Dorn and a little incongruously Malcolm Lowry The famous ones such as Kerouac Ginsberg and Burroughs had long been turned into mini industries they even made a terrible film version of 'On the Road' but Sinclair seems particularly interested in the survivors such as Snyder who is interested in eco politics and denies being a 'Beat' and the reclusive Shutter whom he discovers to be obsessed with the Premier League and a fervent Man Utd fan and fascinated by Wayne Rooney He also manages to link his daily tramping round each new city with the enclosed walks of the incarcerated Nazi Albert Speer inside Spandau prison in which he attempted to walk across the American Continent in his imagination It is all entertaining and informative he is fun on American hotels diners and historical film gossip but it probably helps if you some sympathy or interest in the writers he is searching for which I do After he gets back from his long journey across the States to Hackney after a stop over in Hastings the new exiles artistic home it seems he tells us that he has an email from Cal Shutter the poet who flatly tells him that he will 'never understand Americans' and he concurs that 'their intensities will never be mine' this is a strangely downbeat ending to a good read