Against Promotional Author Photographs

4. The Smoker Photograph (aka “The You-can’t-be-bad-ass-by-doing-what’s-good-for-you-and-your-children”)

Only rebels smoke, and only rebels have the courage to say what needs to be said in an oppressive society. So the writers who opt for The Smoker Photograph hope you believe. But if all writers are rebels, isn’t that a new kind of conformity? The paradigm has shifted.

Christopher Hitchens

Lynn Barber

Hunter S. Thompson

James Lever

Jean-Paul Sartre