Work has kept me away from Legal Towns for the last month, but I thought I’d post this link to a funny article by the artist David Kramer about the perils and pluses of smoking. I wonder how much of the fall of Western civilization will ultimately be attributed to the anti-smoking movement. I quit about seven years ago, myself. I haven’t missed nicotine in years, but sometimes, in an anxious moment, I still miss the physical habit. I’ve also never been able to recover the prolific writing ability that I had as a smoker (when I could sit down and write–creatively, productively–for four or five hours). Sadly, iced coffee is my daily vice now.