John Berger on Smoking

John Berger on smoking,
which he does with the fierce enjoyment
of a true addict.

'A cigarette', he says, inhaling deeply,
'is a breathing space. It makes a parenthesis.
The time of a cigarette is a parenthesis,
and if it is shared you are both in that parenthesis.
It's like a proscenium arch for a dialogue.'


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