Distrust That Particular Flavor

Distrust That Particular Flavor

Streaming Audiobook - 2012
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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 listening for any lover of William Gibson's novels. "Distrust That Particular Flavor" offers listeners a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped not only a generation of writers but our entire culture.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452625997
1452625999
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Dean, Robertson
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May 03, 2013

Gibson remains an original and articulate interpreter of the intersection of humanity and technology, and this collection of non-fiction writing does a lot to illuminate his fiction efforts over the years. Perhaps most intriguing is his conclusions that these days we're all cyborgs, and why. Definitely recommendable for fans, whether of Neuromancer, Zero History, or beyond.

Cdnbookworm Mar 10, 2012

Gibson is widely known for his novels (which I haven't read!) but also has written a variety of pieces on different aspects of contemporary culture. He was born in the southern United States and moved to Canada as a young man. Having met and married a Canadian woman, he stayed and now lives in Vancouver. This comes up only briefly in the writings contained here.
This is a collection of articles, speeches, book reviews, and essays on culture, technology, urban life, and the relationships between our lives and the changing world. The articles range over 3 decades, and many have short commentary by the author following them, a take on how he feels about that piece of writing now. The whole feels very conversational as that is the style he often seems to write in, and even the older pieces are surprisingly relevant. I liked the range of subjects and the different ideas he has about the subjects and how they inspire his fiction writing. I also liked how his personal life often crept in, and illuminated the writing. It is always fun to see behind the scenes and get an insight into the personal side of a writer.
A very entertaining and enlightening collection.

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