Distrust That Particular Flavor
By William Gibson
Distrust is a collection of William Gibson’s non fiction writing offering a glimpse into the development of his ideas. Each short story comes with a brief endnote from the author giving an idea of how he views the piece from the advantage of hindsight. The writing is still Gibsonian with pervasive juicy phrases that are fun to mentally chew on. He is clearly a bit uncomfortable with the non-fiction genre. To cope he often adopts the first person perspective in many pieces on subjects ranging from obscure 80s music to Japonica providing nice biographical tidbits. The collection includes many Wired pieces including one of my favorites on “Disneyland with the death penalty” (Singapore). Its a shame he hasn’t written for Wired more recently. Is this something to do with Anderson’s editorship? By far the best part is to see references to various ideas Gibson is developing that get incorporated into his fictional writing. A fun and quick read.