Pearls of wisdom from William Gibson

I was browsing through William Gibson’s website licking my fingers in anticipation of his latest book, Spook Country, when I came across this gem of insight on how he is able to write so much:

I suspect I have spent just about exactly as much time actually writing as the average person my age has spent watching television, and that, as much as anything, may be the real secret here.

Elsewhere, he says,

Today I probably spend as much time [on the Internet] as I do anywhere, although the really peculiar thing about me, demographically, is that I probably watch less than twelve hours of television in a given year, and have watched that little since age fifteen. (An individual who watches no television is still a scarcer beast than one who doesn’t have an email address.) I have no idea how that happened. It wasn’t a decision.

I really need to drum up the courage to get rid of my TV because I can’t seem to drum up the discipline to stop watching it.


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