Distrust That Particular Flavor

Distrust That Particular Flavor

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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.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399158438
Characteristics: 259 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 30, 2012

A great retrospective of Gibson's shorter magazine contributions through the years. Interesting perspectives on various topics. One of those books it would be nice to own, since each re-read uncovers more meaning.

JCS3F Jul 07, 2012

A collection of non-fiction that acts as kind of a Rosetta stone for Gibson's fictional works. Wonder how Gibson became fixated on a flattened world that provides creative outlets for the masses? See his description of 'garage Kubrick'. Curious as to why he spends so much time analyzing Japan and the mass psychology of the Japanese? It's in the book, in spades. In fact, for just about any narrative theme (London, obsessiveness in consumer products, etc), there is a corresponding explanation in 'Distrust that Particular Flavor'. For that alone, its worth the read for Gibson fans. But the book provides further insights. Such as, William Gibson is not that technically saavy. And though he grew up addicted to conventional sci-fi, he sees the next step toward integration much in the same way Ray Kurzweil does. That is machines adapting to and perhaps even integrating into humans.

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