William Gibson says …

William Gibson’s non-fiction “Distrust That Particular Flavor” came out in Jan 2012. There some of the snappy one-liners from the book quoting this Calgary Herald article “William Gibson offers insights from the floating world”

“[…] he describes Singapore as “relentlessly G-rated,” the product that would have resulted “if IBM had ever bothered to actually possess a physical country. […]

[Japan] is “the global imagination’s default setting for the future. […]

In Modern Boys, Gibson writes that “London is somehow the best place from which to observe Tokyo, perhaps because the British appreciation of things Japanese is the most entertaining. There is a certain tradition of ‘Orientalia,’ of faux Oriental that has been present here for a long time, and truly, there is something in the quality of a good translation that can never be captured in the original.”

Herein lies one of Gibson’s most incisive gifts: his appreciation for the undersung, the copy, and how it can proliferate. Not the original because as recontextualization, mash-ups, memes and other clever varietals of simulacra have possibly forever detonated our sense of originality and authenticity, the first is simply the start of an idea and not necessarily the best iteration, at that. […]

London, he says, “can reflect Japan, distort it, enjoy it, in ways that Vancouver, where I live, never can.” In Gibson’s writing, he functions as London does but to the past; he reflects it, distorts it and then projects it into the future. Or more precisely, he finds certain funhouse experiments in the culture and then he takes those ideas and extrapolates them to their hysterical end in fiction.”


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