READ: William Gibson
January 9, 2012, 5:51 pm
The god of speculative fiction, the ultimate futurist who sets his fiction in the future, offers up a collection of essays, journalistic efforts and lectures culled from over 30 years with his first non-fiction book.
DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVORWin a copy of Gibson's collection
your name and address to us. We'l pick winners next week. See William Gibson at Powell's
1/18 and check out his book signing. More info on that, HERE
. William Gibson is known primarily as a novelist, with his work ranging from his groundbreaking first novel, Neuromancer, to his more recent contemporary bestsellers Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. During those nearly thirty years, though, Gibson has been sought out by widely varying publications for his insights into contemporary culture. Wired magazine sent him to Singapore to report on one of the world’s most buttoned-up states.
The New York Times Magazine asked him to describe what was wrong with the Internet. Rolling Stone published his essay on the ways our lives are all “soundtracked” by the music and the culture around us. And in a speech at the 2010 Book Expo, he memorably described the interactive relationship between writer and reader.These essays and articles have never been collected—until now. Some have never appeared in print at all. In addition, Distrust That Particular Flavor includes journalism from small publishers, online sources, and magazines no longer in existence. This volume will be essential reading for any lover of William Gibson’s novels. Distrust That Particular Flavor offers readers a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped not only a generation of writers but our entire culture.
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William is on the book tour at the moment. I caught up with him while he was in Washington, DC. Next week (1/18) he's at Powell's.
Interesting guy to talk with. We talked about everything. From the new non-fiction collection, to how archaic the idea of "television" is. Then William and I got into the mysteries of the internet, for which he has a theory, of course; how Japan is one of his favorite places, and why Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
is too long, and David Fincher's movie is brilliant. That. And more.