Distrust That Particular Flavor

  • 5h 19m 46s
  • William Gibson
  • Blackstone Audio, Inc. dba Blackstone Publishing
  • 2022

William Gibson is known primarily as a novelist, with his work ranging from his groundbreaking first novel, Neuromancer, to his more recent contemporary best sellers Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. During those nearly 30 years, though, Gibson has been sought out by widely varying publications for his insights into contemporary culture.

Wired magazine sent him to Singapore to report on one of the world’s most buttoned-up states. The New York Times Magazine asked him to describe what was wrong with the internet. Rolling Stone published his essay on the ways our lives are all “soundtracked” by the music and the culture around us. And in a speech at the 2010 Book Expo, he memorably described the interactive relationship between writer and reader.

Now these essays and articles are collected here together, with some in print for the first time. In addition, Distrust That Particular Flavor includes journalism from small publishers, online sources, and magazines no longer in existence.

This volume is essential listening for any lover of William Gibson’s novels. Distrust That Particular Flavor offers listeners a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped not only a generation of writers but our entire culture.

About the Author

William Gibson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife. He is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. To learn more about William Gibson, please visit www.williamgibsonbooks.com.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: African Thumb Piano
  • Chapter 1 - Rocket Radio
  • Chapter 2 - Since 1948
  • Chapter 3 - Any ‘Mount of World
  • Chapter 4 - The Baddest Dude on Earth
  • Chapter 5 - Talk for Book Expo, New York
  • Chapter 6 - Dead Man Sings
  • Chapter 7 - Up the Line
  • Chapter 8 - Disneyland with the Death Penalty
  • Chapter 9 - Mr. Buk’s Window
  • Chapter 10 - Shiny Balls of Mud: Hikaru Dorodango and Tokyu Hands
  • Chapter 11 - An Invitation
  • Chapter 12 - Metrophagy: The Art and Science of Digesting Great Cities
  • Chapter 13 - Modern Boys and Mobile Girls
  • Chapter 14 - My Obsession
  • Chapter 15 - My Own Private Tokyo
  • Chapter 16 - The Road to Oceania
  • Chapter 17 - Skip Spence’s Jeans
  • Chapter 18 - Terminal City
  • Chapter 19 - Introduction: “The Body”
  • Chapter 20 - The Net Is Waste of Time
  • Chapter 21 - Time Machine Cuba
  • Chapter 22 - Will We Have Computer Chips in Our Heads?
  • Chapter 23 - William Gibson’s Filmless Festival
  • Chapter 24 - Johnny: Notes on a Process
  • Chapter 25 - Googling the Cyborg