I’ve been a long time follower of Gibson’s work, so not everything in this book was unfamiliar to me. But I wonder if the me who had read his work before was not the one that was reading it now? An example is the Modern Boys and Mobile Girls essay, which — among other things — explores connoisseurship in the information age: Otaku culture and the infrastructure underpinning it. I recall reading it years ago in college and not really understanding it. And yet today, I’m building a tool in my evenings and weekends specifically aimed at the “Fashion Otaku” who closely follows Acronym, Stone Island, Prada, or Online Ceramics.
If you’ve read Neuromancer, Pattern Recognition, Zero History, the Agency, or any number of Gibson’s books, this is a wonderful glimpse into his process, his (interestingly self-effacing) introspection, and the input he has synthesizes into some of the best reflective fiction of the past decades.