William Gibson contemplates U.S. politics

William Gibson tells a Financial Times interviewer:

I hope [my next novel] won’t be about this, but for the first time in my life I’m paying serious and obsessive attention to American politics…. It may be that it has finally become so grotesque and so peculiar that it’s become part of my territory.

Gibson also talks about his reading preferences, revealing that he’s recently been tearing through the novels of Haruki Murakami, and expressing admiration for Jorge Luis Borges:

Borges is one of the century’s great writers, his themes are eternal, and excellent translations are available, so what’s the problem? Probably that he falls through postmodern literary theory like a slug of pure gold through a sheet of sodden Kleenex.

(Via The Fold Drop.)

Speaking of Gibson and postmodern literary theory, Fredric Jameson, a postmodern lit-crit type, evaluates Gibson’s Pattern Recognition, which is generally seen as a departure from the author’s more futuristic novels, and argues that, um:

the representational apparatus of Science Fiction, having gone through innumerable generations of technological development and well-nigh viral mutation since the onset of that movement, is sending back more reliable information about the contemporary world than an exhausted realism (or an exhausted modernism either).

(Via Beatrice.)


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