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PostPost #176  Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The thought of googling "flapshots to tv" would probably break pornhub....

....... or so a friend says....
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PostPost #177  Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/how-william-gibson-keeps-his-science-fiction-real?verso=true

"Near a rack of compact disks—Drive-By Truckers; Lucinda Williams; Dock Boggs; multiple bootlegs of live performances by the goth band Sisters of Mercy—a legal pad was covered in interlinked bubbles charting the plot of Gibson’s 1996 novel, “Idoru.”
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PostPost #178  Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Wilkstein wrote:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/how-william-gibson-keeps-his-science-fiction-real?verso=true

"Near a rack of compact disks—Drive-By Truckers; Lucinda Williams; Dock Boggs; multiple bootlegs of live performances by the goth band Sisters of Mercy—a legal pad was covered in interlinked bubbles charting the plot of Gibson’s 1996 novel, “Idoru.”
I wonder if he's on here then? Mr. Green
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PostPost #179  Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Gibson? Unlikely. He's decidedly a more off-line chap.

That Virgin.net interview in '97 wrote:
Alexa Williamson: Getting back to the part of that Mojo quote, "locked in with my computer", how much have you used the Internet? You stated on the phone that you are not an "avid" Internet user. Is this because you're jaded by it?

What is your opinion of the Net as a medium for communication - do you think it's a good thing - a bad thing? William Gibson stays far away from it (although you'd expect the exact opposite after reading his books) because he thinks it's consuming all aspects of established culture.

If you haven't reached a point where you're anti-Internet do you have any favourite Web sites that you visit often? Or would recommend that others check out?

Andrew Eldritch: In the days of fidonet it was all quite exciting. The Internet itself is one of the Umpteen Wonders Of The Modern World, but the Web has been variously described (by me) as "text for people who can't read" and "the fastest way to get from where you wouldn't want to be to where you wouldn't want to go". American colleges seem to have a relaxed admissions policy (to put it mildly), so the Net is overpopulated by morons with free access and nothing better to do all day. Consequently, it's like being in a library with twenty million people shouting at each other. These are people who have never had sex and probably never will.

William and I haven't really talked about the Internet; we've tended to correspond more by fax and letter. I suppose that's a judgement by default.

I don't have any sites to recommend. I recommend that people join libraries, or - better still - buy books and thereby encourage others to write them. Others like William, who is Really Rather Good. I thought "Idoru" was easily his best book yet. Go out and buy it (says the man with a free copy).



That New Yorker profile on Gibson is also Rather Good and makes me want to read Pattern Recognition and work myself up to his later works Smile
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PostPost #180  Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I didn't really think it likely that William Gibson would be lurking on HL - just having a bit of fun. Mr. Green
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PostPost #181  Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Wilkstein wrote:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/how-william-gibson-keeps-his-science-fiction-real?verso=true

"Near a rack of compact disks—Drive-By Truckers; Lucinda Williams; Dock Boggs; multiple bootlegs of live performances by the goth band Sisters of Mercy—a legal pad was covered in interlinked bubbles charting the plot of Gibson’s 1996 novel, “Idoru.”


Lovely ... Laughing ... and it was good to read that whole article, btw. Thank you for posting... Smile ...
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PostPost #182  Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

This reminds me that I still didn't read enough Gibson's book.
This will be theme for my reading in 2020.
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PostPost #183  Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Don't quote this but I think there was another occasion when Gibson mentioned the Sisters and Nick Cave, saying something to the effect that he admires them and would love to write something as good as one of Cave's albums (Let Love In maybe?)

I can't find it now though. Would anyone happen to have the link?
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PostPost #184  Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

oh, here it is:
William Gibson wrote:
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE SHERATON, DR. JEEP PLAYS ON AND ON AND ON...

Bruce Sterling introduced me to Sisters of Mercy on our DIFFERENCE ENGINE tour, and "Vision Thing" became our official tour anthem; so, no, I wasn't listening to them when I wrote NEUROMANCER. I was listening to what Andrew Eldritch listened to in order to write those songs, I intuit.
He's one fine lyricist, is Andrew Eldritch.
As is Nick Cave. I'd like to write a novel as good as THE BOATMAN'S CALL.
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