Why William Gibson Quit Blogging


| May 7, 2003


If you haven?t yet checked out William Gibson?s weblog, you?d better get it while the getting?s good. The legendary cyberpunk novelist, who coined the term ?cyberspace,? says he is giving up his popular weblog for fear that it might stifle his creative thinking about his next novel, reports Wired News? Karlin Lillington. Back home in Vancouver at the end of a PR tour for his latest novel, Pattern Recognition, Gibson posted the rationale for his decision: ?Blogging seems to me to be as undemanding an activity, however congenial, as ?writing? is demanding. Blogging is conversational, literally informal, and seldom even comes close to engaging the compositional gear-train required for even a brief essay, let alone for an extended work of prose fiction.? He goes on to talk about Jack Kerouac?s On the Road, which for years was believed to have been written on a single scroll of paper ?in one benzedrine-fuelled, angel-headed go,? but was recently discovered to have been carefully redrafted several times before being published. With blogging, says Gibson ?There?s no risk involved. Unless, if you?re accustomed to playing for higher stakes, it?s the risk of some edge being taken off your game.?
?Leif Utne

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