Distrust That Particular Flavor

Distrust That Particular Flavor

Audiobook CD - 2012
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A new compilation of essays and articles from novelist William Gibson, offering listeners a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped culture.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, 2012
ISBN: 9781452605999
Branch Call Number: SCD 814.54 Gibson
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (ca. 5.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Dean, Robertson
Tantor Media


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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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