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Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson
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Oct 18, 2011

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AVC: Your first collection of non-fiction, Distrust That Particular Flavor, comes out in January. Have you always wanted to write non-fiction?

WG: I’m a reluctant writer of non-fiction, in part because I don’t really feel qualified. I have the toolkit of a novelist, and no training as a journalist or science writer. But I’ve been surprised to realize how much of my fiction over the years has been steered by getting non-fiction assignments and agreeing to go meet someone or look at something. I’ve been forced out of my comfort zone and have to think about these things differently.

AVC: So what are the essays about?

WG: One is about the future of digital film; another is about Orwell’s version of the future versus what we live in today. It’s a very mixed bag. There are 25 pieces, which range from my review of a fairly recent Steely Dan album to musing on where the Digital, with a capital D, might be headed.

AVC: Are they new for this book? Or have they been published elsewhere?

WG: Most of them have been published elsewhere, but there are some talks that have never been published.

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message 1: by Samuel (new) - added it

Samuel Thanks for posting this! I'm looking forward to this book in audio -- it's going to be read by Robertson Dean, the same narrator as Gibson's two most recent novels.

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