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Thursday, June 25th, 2009
2:51 am - No Maps For These Territories -the Wm Gibson documentary


3 years since this community has had a post. 9 years since the documentary, 'No Maps For These Territories' came out -and I've only just seen it now... I've been on Livejournal as long as well. Curious thing, seeing Ana Voog mentioned in the film, as at the time I hung out at her site almost exclusively.

I found Gibson's cannabis experience odd, where he suggested it only 'tweaked the incoming data'. I thought of my own use, which has nothing to do with external incoming data and everything to do with allowing unconscious outgoing data out. Later, in the film, he spoke of his own creative 'process' as just that, albeit randomly, episodically, little control over it's happenstance or not. He'd said he'd been uncomfortable with cannabis use though he'd used it for years, and I believed I could see why later when talking of his process.

He spoke of sabotaging or deconditioning the marketing mythology built around him as a futurist, that actually he dealt with and addressed the present... He spoke a bit more later of how hard it is to be in the moment. Such experience was his answer to the interviewr's question to him of what was happiness...

He spoke of many things, seemingly vintage now, like his reaction to the cyber prefix becoming so prevalent in our lexicon. He expected it to pass, like 'electro'...

When I ordered the film from netflix, I hadn't noticed it's date. I didn't realize it's age. Wondered why I'd never heard of it before... Still do.

I found it inspiring. Extremely well-crafted film, and an extremely good interview, oddly held in the back of a limo... Very glad I finally saw it and hadn't missed it forever.

http://nomaps.com -the film's web site...

-John Farwell

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Sunday, February 26th, 2006
3:40 pm



Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
12:13 am


While looking at the Amok catalog online, I came across this listing for The Wild Palms Reader.  Now, I vaguely recall this miniseries---I remember Oliver Stone being attacked for having anything to do with it, and one critic refering to it as a ripoff of David Lynch's Twin Peaks---and I have an even more vague recollection of this book, though I know I've never seen it in any bookstore or library, and I've certainly never read it or any part of it.  What I want to know is whether anyone else has read the book, if anyone remembers the tv show, and what your opinions are.



current mood: geeky


Saturday, January 14th, 2006
7:14 pm

Maybe it's just me, but I always think of this artist's whole mystique as very much like elements that Gibson has written. If you've never heard of Jandek, his Wikipedia is here

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005
11:24 pm

Handing down a set of Gibson books is awesome.

Not finding a set of Gibson books a year after moving sucks.

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Friday, June 10th, 2005
11:12 pm

Has anyone here seen Code 46?


Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
5:05 pm

hey, I was wondering: I read Virtual Light a while ago, like a few months to a year ago, and recently I picked up All Tomorrow's Parties. Since I haven't read Idoru, and my memory of Virtual Light is kind of hazy, could I read and enjoy and understand All Tomorrow's Parties? Thank you.

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Monday, April 25th, 2005
10:53 am

This may be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys William Gibson. A 100% original cyberpunk MUD. You'll find a lot of inspiration from Gibson, Stephenson, and more.

All icons have is hope.Collapse )

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Friday, April 8th, 2005
6:47 pm

I'm reading Idoru right now... almost done with it. I've averaged 100 or so pages for the past 2 days. I absolutely love the way Gibson imagines data. Two things really stuck out to me.
One was when he was talking about Alison Shires and he was talking about how he didn't want to just let her fall to the "bottom" and get silted over immediately by the flood of information. This is so true now, more than ever. What ever did happen to Afghanistan, eh?
The other is the "nodal points" deal that Laney keeps making illusions to. Here's what I see it as --
Imagine that under us there is this negative image of our world. You are the cutouts. Your silhoette is very clearly observed from looking at where the data isn't. Now, as we generate more and more data, this nega-image comes closer and closer to the contours of our body. Cross reference Amazon.com, Netflix and porn site memberships and I bet you could figure out just what a person's kinks are, if you know what I'm saying. That's pretty damn close to home, if you follow me. Amazon knows not only what you clicked on and bought, but what you clicked on and didn't buy. I wouldn't be surprised if in the future they installed an ability to follow just how long you looked at something before you didn't buy it.

What do you all think? I could expand a bit on this later if you're interested.

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
2:01 pm

I recently read Virtual Light and I must say it's probably my favorite Gibson. It was just excellent in every way I'd like a book taht I read to be excellent, if that makes any sense at all. I especially enjoyed Gibson's jabs at religion throughout... Televisions, crosses and death all commingled with "Christianity." It really made me ponder where religions will be in 100 years or so when "Faith based initiatives" and "culture of life" have finally really really subordinated the population. I think Gibson has it kinda right... When the government-funded purveyors of religion have accomplished what they want to do they will toss christianity to the people to be pirahna'd into TV crosses and the like.
What did you all think of VL?

current mood: thoughtful

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Monday, November 29th, 2004
5:14 pm - All Tomorrow's Parties

I'm reading All Tomorrow's Parties for the first time. It's amazing.

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Monday, September 20th, 2004
3:37 pm - Sprawl Series Story Order

What is the order of all of the stories in Gibson's Sprawl mythos series?

I am thinking it is:

New Rose Hotel
Burning Chrome
Johnny Mnemonic
Count Zero
Mona Lisa Overdrive

Maybe I'm missing one or in the wrong order or something?

I haven't read a lot of them in years and I forget the context clues. However, I do remember that Molly mentions Johnny in Neuromancer.

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Saturday, August 14th, 2004
2:47 pm - The Gibson - repost for my journal.

When I met William Gibson, he was unremarkable.
I spent the hours before
preening, primping, crimping - I even delinted
my bright red sex-on-a-stick coat with matching hat,
it wasn't even winter yet through all that wool.
He did not match my wardrobe - a knowledgeable rose-laden lapel -
sending me some sign, any sign
that our lust was as mutual as he had been telling me
since the first day I read about Johnny.
He wore a brown jacket, so unremarkable I cannot
recall if it was leather, tweed, or just
plastic like the automatic flowers of our relationship.
When he spoke, it wasn't the digital sultry
I had come to understand,
but a laconic doldrum voice reading patterns
made from his mind. No techno jargon - that's his way
of saying he wants me. No jacking in - we all know what
that means to me. No surreptitious looks or
touch of the hand when he signed his name, my name,
sprawling like ecstasy over well-loved pages.
Not even a flicker of recognition at the jaunty tilt
of my hat!
William, are we through?

current mood: calm

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2004
4:25 am

I have never heard of this, so I thought some people might benefit


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Thursday, July 15th, 2004
6:18 pm - New

I'm new here.

Maelcum from Neuromancer is the greatest I think...

"I and I be the Rastafarian Navy."

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Sunday, June 27th, 2004
9:05 am

Pattern Recognition movie announced, directed by Peter Weir, the director of Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, and Master and Commander.  Produced by Steve Golin, of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind, Being John Malkovitch, and The Game.  This could be exciting, folks.

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2004
12:51 am

Are there any plans to release a cheaper paperback of Pattern Recognition?

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
10:24 pm - New Rose Hotel


Did anyone else watch the New Rose Hotel movie? It has to be one of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time. What's up with all the flashbacks? And they're of the same damn movie! They show every scene 500 times... like in case you weren't watching or something. Dear gods. 

Yoshitaka Amano rocks my boxers, though.

current mood: irritated

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Sunday, June 13th, 2004
6:15 pm

bzzzzzzt said the toaster, as he ate a cup of water.

current mood: tired

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
10:33 am


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