Iain Sinclair on the self-importance of Cambridge

This weekend I saw Iain Sinclair in conversation with Richard Sennett at the Cambridge Literary Festival. The highlight was Sinclair’s response to a question from the audience about his view of Cambridge. Vividly describing the antipathy he felt for a place in which one perpetually encounters “doors within doors” and “secrets within secrets“, Sinclair ended with a line that’s going to stick in my mind for a long time:

It’s a chocked, clogged place which is much more important in principle than it is in practice. Move to London.

 

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