Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson

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7 Critic Reviews

...Gibson often admits his failings in the notes after each piece.
-LA Times

Synopsis

Though primarily known as a novelist, over thirty years William Gibson has also built up a reputation as one of our most entertaining and insightful critics of contemporary culture. He is widely credited with having described the internet and cyberspace before any such things existed.

Distrust that Particular Flavor brings together for the first time his writings on a wide variety of contemporary subjects: the differing cultures of Japan and Singapore; music and the movies; what's wrong with the internet; the interactive relationship between writers and readers; and many others. Also included in the book is a fascinating autobiographical sketch: his upbringing in the South, the early death of his parents and his escape into books; and the move to Canada to avoid the draft.

Over the years Gibson has been eagerly commissioned by Wired, Rolling Stone, the New York Times
and other influential journals, as well as tiny publishers, online sources and magazines that no longer exist. These collected writings grant readers a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped not only a generation of writers but our entire culture.

 

About William Gibson

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Williams Gibson was the first author to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick award also known as the “triple crown” of Science Fiction, on his debut novel Neuromancer. He lives in Canada and continues to write award winning critically acclaimed science fiction.
 
Published February 2, 2012 by Penguin. 217 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Pagan Kennedy on Jan 13 2012

...Gibson began to think about building another sort of time machine, one made of words...In this beguiling collection, we have the chance to travel with him as he rockets around in that machine, visiting a future that already exists.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jan 01 2012

He writes cannily about his own progress as a writer and about how the early deaths of his parents cracked his life in two and led to his interest in science fiction.

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Reviewed by Thomas Jones on Feb 17 2012

...he believes "that all cultural change is essentially technology-driven". But as well as the pieces here on new technology – the internet, digital film – Gibson shows an abiding interest in old, obsolete or obsolescent technology...

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Jason Anderson on Jan 27 2012

It’s...fascinating to see how Gibson’s discoveries and obsessions in the real world have bled into his fictional renditions of the near future and – in his most recent novels – the now.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Feb 10 2012

...he comes across as poignant but limited, which, given the few instances when he does stretch his legs, seems a shame.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Margaret Wappler on Feb 12 2012

...Gibson often admits his failings in the notes after each piece.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Feb 10 2012

Above all he comes across as poignant but limited, which, given the few instances when he does stretch his legs, seems a shame. He’s obviously made a smart choice with fiction, but within him lurks a smart cultural critic, if he ever wants to change mediums.

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