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Distrust That Particular Flavor Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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Note on Amazon Kindle version: One chapter refers to pictures that do not appear. The Kindle version gets a "D". Amazon needs to get it's act together.
For the most part, these articles, essays, and lectures are written in the first person, which was a revelatory experience for me. I'd never read any of the pieces in this collection, so it was like seeing something familiar with brand-new eyes. The insight contained within is invaluable; not only did I learn much about Gibson's mind and what makes him tick, I also unearthed a lot of background data for the events in his fiction. In that way, reading this book was much like listening to a director's commentary of a dearly loved film - I gained new perspective that emphasizes and deepens.
It's abundantly clear that Gibson is deeply intrigued by modern culture, whether it's technology, psychology, fashion, behavior, eBay, or YouTube, and reading his meticulous picking apart of trends is just as fascinating as experiencing his fiction. Gibson's sense of excitement and wonder are infectious, his attention to detail is razor keen, and his open-mindedness is inspiring. I was a fan of Gibson's work before Distrust That Particular Flavor, but I am now a fan of Gibson the man.
This is essential reading, not just for Gibson fans, but for anyone fascinated by the bizarrely intricate roller-coaster world we are living in.
Perhaps that ability flows from his grasp of one of the recurring tropes that appear in these pieces. "All cultural change is essentially technologically driven," Gibson believes, a point he illustrates in "Googling the Cyborg," a speech delivered to the Vancouver Institute in 2006. In it, he describes what he calls the "Steam Engine Moment," a recognition that certain ideas have been around for a long time, but only blossom when they're destined to do so. He's less interested in the construction of physical robots as he is in the way our interactions with electronic media are creating what he calls an "Augmented Reality," offering us something approaching the universal library imagined by one of his literary heroes, Jose Luis Borges, for whose LABYRINTHS he contributed a preface that appears here ("A ridiculously unearned honor, to be asked to do this. I'm still embarrassed.").
Of writing about the future, Gibson told an audience at BookExpo America in 2010 that "imaginary futures are always, regardless of what the authors might think, about the day in which they're written.Read more ›
And I'm still waiting for the garage Kubrick to emerge.
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Interesting, I did not do my homework or would not have bought random commentaryPublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
he has a style, which once you get it.... it is a great story, like many of his othersPublished 2 months ago by L. E.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of non-fiction writing from one of the great speculative fiction writers, and a lot of Gibson's characteristic insights into how humans... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tungsten Hippo
Not a story, but a collection of articles and essays from William Gibson that let the reader into the mind of the writer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by I am the one you warned me of
Fascinating book giving insight into the mind and thinking of Gibson. Wide ranging series of essays and with brief commentary from WG of the circumstances involved in the writing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter Wallace Lee
Reading Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson felt like rummaging through a time capsule that needed a few more decades to transition between back issues of Wired that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Aaron Bellamy