All involved in Gene Smith’s Sink figured it would be a slow burn. 2017 isn’t the ideal year for a spare, quiet, “strange” (Luc Sante) and “unorthodox” (Nate Chinen) book incommensurate in page numbers (206) with the years of work (20) that made it possible.
So we’re not surprised it took three months to get a deep dive into it. This one is by Vince Passaro in the December issue of Harper’s. Even though Passaro missed or chose not to cover angles and connections available to be found in Gene Smith’s Sink, he still authored one of the most perceptive pieces about Smith that we know of. We hope this will lead to more deep dives, or sinks, into other parts of this sea.