… By way of Croydon
Supping down some Jamboree in Leytonstone Wetherspoons (does it matter what they are actually called) fresh from Lea Bridge Road so clear from the waters of the Lea I can count my fingers gripping the glass on the far side of the ale – I turn the page and there’s my old walking partner Nick Papadimitriou working himself into a chapter about Corso, and Dylan Thomas dying in New York.
When we were schlepping round industrial estates in Park Royal and Perivale I always saw it as a Beat quest.
I was inspired by films shot by Francis Alys, the Belgian artist, now living in Mexico City, who ran into the vortex of dust storms and whirlwinds, often at the expense of his recording equipment. The sound was like death talking.”
– Iain Sinclair, American Smoke