William Gibson on futurism, terrorism and other isms

Bill Gibson gave this interview to Tyee Magazine at the end of his long and hard book-tour for
Spook Country, his latest (and, I think, best) novel — a book about spies, cold war artifacts, art, and the future's failures. The interview has many grace notes — especially the material about terrorism and futurism.

"The slot in culture that I'm most closely associated with is one in which charlatans declare that they know the future. My job is to sit near that slot and when people approach me I say: 'Only charlatans say they really know the future.' I sit near the tent where they give out bullshit and offer people a different sort of dialogue. My role is to raise questions."


(Thanks, Lisa!)

See also:
William Gibson's Spook Country
BoingBoingBoing #15: William Gibson
William Gibson WashPo interview "one of the best ever"
William Gibson on writing in the age of Google