Bono Likes It. He Really Likes It.
Hop in the back of a limo, drive the country, and get interviewed by Bono. All of that sound fun to you?
That’s the treatment Neuromancer author William Gibson received in the 2000 documentary, No Maps For These Territories. In a limo armed with digital cameras recording everything, Gibson talks about his career, his works, and his observations on modern society.
I love this quote from Gibson:
I’m not a didactic writer, I hope. There’s nothing I want less to be than someone couching a conscious message in prose fiction. But, I think one of the things that I see when I look back at my earlier work is a struggle to recognize and accept that the heart is the master and the head is the servant. And that is always the case… except when it isn’t the case we’re in deep, deep trouble. And we’re often in deep, deep trouble.
The great philosopher Roxette must have been paraphrasing Gibson when she sang, “listen to your heart.”
Speaking of singers, the film features Bono and The Edge of U2, with Bono interviewing Gibson and also reading the opening lines of Neuromancer. Who knew U2 were such fans of Gibson?
Not that Gibson necessarily needs the endorsement, but for a non-science fiction guy like me, seeing Bono in the film makes me think, Hmm maybe there is something to this book.
Anyway, this looks like a pretty interesting documentary. Here’s a clip: