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  • But what takes place between the mouth and the page? Spitting, vomiting, seething, scratching, craving, stabbing in the dark—these are the tics and the bodily tropes that impel a process we might call "inscribbling". In the process of inscribbling, words are processed, bodies healed, refined. Refined, some might say, out of existence.

    —Lesley Stern, 2001, The Smoking Book, p. 116

    October 10, 2008