Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Random And Utterly Cynical Thought Of The Day

Now that it's been out a couple of weeks already, I wonder how William Gibson's book sales are being affected by the recent emergence of his blog?

It's tempting to go whole-hog conspiracy theorist on y'all, and suggest that there's something suspicious about the timing of Gibson's blogbirth. I could even go so far as to point out that this new "marketing ploy" is interestingly, suggestively all in keeping with the premise of his new book.

But I wouldn't do that. The blog seems earnest and interesting even if Gibson is off in Copenhagen for a while and, consequently, behind in the blogging. And the book's getting solid reviews from all the right people; I've heard it's quite good -- Kirkus Review calls it a slick but surprisingly humane piece of work from the father of cyberpunk -- but as long as I'm still working on The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002, Gibson's Pattern Recognition will have to wait.

And I still wonder about those book sales. Promotion is promotion, after all, no matter how unintentional.

posted by boyhowdy | 12:26 AM |

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