johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,
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William Gibson knows what time it is

Wired has a cool article by William Gibson about sampling, cut-ups, and authorship. I didn't know that he had these attitudes --- very pleased to find out.

I'm plucking some things out of this one for the quotes file. For example, "Today's audience isn't listening at all - it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record, the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical."

A taste:

Some 20 years later, when our paths finally crossed, I asked Burroughs whether he was writing on a computer yet. "What would I want a computer for?" he asked, with evident distaste. "I have a typewriter."

But I already knew that word processing was another of God's little toys, and that the scissors and paste pot were always there for me, on the desktop of my Apple IIc. Burroughs' methods, which had also worked for Picasso, Duchamp, and Godard, were built into the technology through which I now composed my own narratives. Everything I wrote, I believed instinctively, was to some extent collage. Meaning, ultimately, seemed a matter of adjacent data.

(found via Boing Boing.)

Tags: burroughs, poetry, william gibson, writing
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