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Tuesday
May 26, 2009

William Gibson on "Atemporality" — Martin Ball

William Gibson is, unsurprisingly, one of the most interesting people on Twitter. Yesterday, he went on a tear about “atemporality.” I put the quotes together to read them in order as one thought, so please allow me to offer it here. The pound sign after each statement links back to the original toot.

Very creative people get atemporal early on. Are relatively unimpressed by the “now” factor, by latest things. Access the whole continuum. #

Less creative people believe in “originality” and “innovation”, two basically misleading but culturally very powerful concepts. #

When I look for collaborators I look for atemporality, whatever relevant kinds of historical literacy, and fluency in recombinance. #

Otherwise, result will be “now-bound”. Or, actually, for me, a non-starter. #

Your bleeding-edge Now is always someone else’s past. Someone else’s ’70s bellbottoms. Grasp that and start to attain atemporality. #

The most intelligent 21st-century fashion strives for a radical atemporality. Probably because the digital is radically atemporal. #

That week’s new Mac obsoleting as you drove it home from the dealer. Like melting ice cream. Like any imagined future. #

Tom Waits says he was never very interested in people his own age. Fascinated by his parents’ generation. #

Not that there’s no now, but that it’s someone else’s future and someone else’s past. And on that, I lapse back into Exercise Dog territory. #

The last comment was in reference to this video, which he posted earlier yesterday.

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Spitball! is two guys collaborating to write about writing and collaboration. We're writing partners who have worked together since 2000, and placed in the top 100 in the last Project Greenlight for our script YELLOW.

Currently, we are both working on multiple screenplay, short story, and novel ideas independently and together, and collaborate on this blog.

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During this period, we affected the personalities of two of the most famous spitball pitchers from the early 20th Century. Look at our brief bios for more info about this, and so as not to be confused as to who is talking when.

We rebooted the franchise in early 2009 in its current form.


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Kent M. Beeson

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Kent M. Beeson (aka Urban Shockah) is a stay-at-home dad and stay-at-home writer, living in Seattle, WA with his wife, 2 year old daughter and an insane cat. In 2007, he was a contributor to the film blog ScreenGrab, where he presciently suggested Jackie Earle Haley to play Rorschach in the Watchmen movie, and in 2008, he wrote a film column for the comic-book site ComiXology called The Watchman. (He's a big fan of the book, if you couldn't tell.) In 2009, he gave up the thrill of freelance writing to focus on screenplays and novels, although he sometimes posts to his blog This Can't End Well, which a continuation of his first blog, he loved him some movies. He's a Pisces, and his favorite movie of all time is Jaws. Coincidence? I think not.

Martin McClellan

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Martin (aka Burley Grymz) is a designer and writer. He occasionally blogs at his beloved Hellbox, and keeps a longer ostensibly more interesting bio over here at his eponymous website. You can also find him on Twitter.