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Book Review: Distrust That Particular Flavor By William Gibson – TechCrunch
You already recently rated this item. This did not leave much time or inclination for non-fiction, though he accepted the occasional assignment, either for the travel itself or to cover an event he felt would act as fodder for the muse. But Gibson admits to a comfort level with fiction he has never attained with non-fiction. Because mine is an advance review copy, I cannot quote directly from it. I will say Gibson equates writing non-fiction to a situation involving paint, a large room, and a toothbrush. Not that the essays are unworthy of print. Though Gibson apologizes profusely for the more autobiographical pieces come to think of it, he apologizes profusely for every piece , they are the strongest works.
Book Review: Distrust That Particular Flavor By William Gibson
A piece for the Penguin website details his difficult beginnings. Gibson is an only child whose parents were both dead by the time he was He spent years adrift, an American who evaded the draft by landing in Canada, where he married a Canadian woman and had two children.
Always a lover of sci-fi, he dusted off his college writing, and the rest is history. He choice object is rare mechanical watches. Eventually, he decides enough is enough, bids on and purchases a couple of rare, expensive watches, and moves on. Though Gibson claims to have abandoned his collecting ways, professing a hatred of clutter, his obsession with design is clear. Few of us worry about what our drain stoppers look like.
Japan, Tokyo especially, figures prominently. Gibson writes of Otaku , a word with multiple meanings in Japanese, translated here as an individual obsessed with anime, manga, or videogames. The girls of Shinjuku wear starched medical lab coats and stethoscopes over miniskirts as they endlessly text. It sounds, for all the world, like a brightly lit, overcrowded human zoo. Here he cites the rise of the lunacy on the internet, the conspiracy theorists and just plain nutjobs suddenly give a free worldwide forum to propagate the most insane views.
Decades before Cayce was a glimmer, Gibson visited some musician friends in San Jose, a couple of whom later became part of the Doobie Brothers.
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While visiting, Gibson and company ran into musician Skip Spence. Since Garreth is something of an extreme athlete whose actions are intended as performance rather than acts of pure athleticism. Or a way to waste your time, depending on how you look at it. Gibson feels we will not, as technology will become so sophisticated that external hardware will suffice.
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Then again, this was written in Computer chips in our skulls? Robotics and nanotech that help move paralyzed muscles or manipulate artificial limbs, yes. Gibson fans will read this book because we read everything Gibson, and I suspect more than a few, like me, will be a bit disappointed. Should you read it?
If you are new to Gibson, get thee to Neuromancer , then read the rest of his fiction. Then, and only then, should you consider Distrust That Particular Flavor. Spider-Man: Far From Home is arguably the cutest, funniest, most entertaining comic book superhero movie of the year. As we head into a brief summer publication break to enjoy the summer sun for a few days, it's the perfect time to take stock of the year in music so far. PopMatters returns to our normal publishing schedule on Monday, 8 July.