Was it only two days ago that William Gibson’s Distrust That Particular Flavor arrived in the mail? I am nearly done and enjoying his wonderful wordsmithing. His new book is really a collection of old articles and other nonfiction Gibson has written over the last couple decades.
I picked up Gibson’s Spook Country a couple years ago and enjoyed it immensely. In this newly published collection he explains what his books are about.
That might sound funny (it does to me), but he makes an interesting point about novels.
Novels require some explanation or at least some prerequisite knowledge in order to fully appreciate them.
They differ significantly from film in that way.
He recounts the very first time he went to see a film and how he understood the experience within an hour.
Ease of use is what I’ll call it.
That ease of use is why multitudes will go to the movies and not bother to read a book (or the book that inspired it).
We do miss something when we don’t read.
Mark Twain said it over a century ago.
[I just added the first name “Mark” because there are a number of people who might not know of a man simply “Twain”.]
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
We must write in such a way that more people will want to read our work.
William Gibson does that for me.
Thanks to WordPress for reminding me:
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”