Intervista a William Gibson

Il Paris Review ha pubblicato un’interessante intervista a tutto tondo a William Gibson, intervista che tocca principalmente il suo modo di scrivere, cosa lo abbia influenzato, e i suoi presenti (e passati libri). In particolare interessanti le due domande che l’intervistatore pone a Gibson riguardo l’inizio di un nuovo libro e la gestione del tempo mentre scrive.

INTERVIEWER: How do you begin a novel?

GIBSON: I have to write an opening sentence. I think with one exception I’ve never changed an opening sentence after a book was completed.


INTERVIEWER: What is your writing schedule like?

GIBSON: When I’m writing a book I get up at seven. I check my e-mail and do Internet ablutions, as we do these days. I have a cup of coffee. Three days a week, I go to Pilates and am back by ten or eleven. Then I sit down and try to write. If absolutely nothing is happening, I’ll give myself permission to mow the lawn. But, generally, just sitting down and really trying is enough to get it started. I break for lunch, come back, and do it some more. And then, usually, a nap. Naps are essential to my process. Not dreams, but that state adjacent to sleep, the mind on waking.

Gibson aggiunge anche una nota interessante (almeno per noi feticisti), quando l’intervistatore gli chiede se sia vero il mito secondo il quale Neuromante fosse stato scritto interamente con una macchina da scrivere:

I wrote Neuromancer on a manual portable typewriter and about half of Count Zero on the same machine. Then it broke, in a way that was more or less irreparable. Bruce Sterling called me shortly thereafter and said, “This changes everything!” I said, “What?” He said, “My Dad gave me his Apple II. You have to get one of these things!” I said, “Why?” He said, “Automation—it automates the process of writing!” I’ve never gone back.

But I had only been using a typewriter because I’d gotten one for free and I was poor. In 1981, most people were still writing on typewriters. There were five large businesses in Vancouver that did nothing but repair and sell typewriters. Soon there were computers, too, and it was a case of the past and the future mutually coexisting. And then the past just goes away.

Leggete l’intervista, è decisamente interessante!

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