booklist 2013: ZERO HISTORY, William Gibson

April 22nd, 2013 | stuff2013

This was a re-read, but it counts as booklist. Watching COSMOPOLIS again somehow sent me back to ZERO HISTORY, and I’ll probably re-read the entire trilogy that the book concludes.  Hubertus Bigend may, somehow, end up as William’s most enduring character, just because this simply drawn figure surrounds so much of 21C Western culture. 

Ben Hammersley and others would joke about “Bigend-Draperism,” summoning MAD MEN’s Don Draper.  I’ve been thinking this month about Bigend-Packerism, from COSMOPOLIS’ uber-banker Eric Packer. Bigend is fascinating for many reasons, not the least of which is that he’s a predatory neophile.  His cultural awareness must be total, as total as Packer’s financial vision, because he eats the new to live.

It all gives me furiously to think.

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