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Smoke, A London Peculiar

Contemporary writing about London has been slightly cursed by the Iain Sinclair factor, with the author's dense but overbearing style encouraging legions of imitators to laboriously scrape away the modern city in search of the historical debris--and laborious prose--that lies beneath. Fanzine Smoke eschews the density in favor of a frenzied, scattergun approach that takes in idiosyncratic concerns, hurried observations, and longer pieces about the people and places that make the city tick.

TMN Contributing Writer Jonathan Bell lives in South London. He co-edits Things Magazine and likes to write about architecture. More by Jonathan Bell

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