Wednesday Poem of the Week: Agrippa by William Gibson

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About William Gibsonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gibson

Agrippa by William Gibsonhttp://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/source/agrippa.asp

About Agrippa From Wikipedia

A particularly well-received work by Gibson was Agrippa (a book of the dead) (1992), a 300-line semi-autobiographical electronic poem that was his contribution to a collaborative project with artist Dennis Ashbaugh and publisher Kevin Begos, Jr.[97] Gibson’s text focused on the ethereal nature of memories (the title refers to a photo album) and was originally published on a 3.5″ floppy disk embedded in the back of an artist’s book containing etchings by Ashbaugh (intended to fade from view once the book was opened and exposed to light — they never did, however). Gibson commented that Ashbaugh’s design “eventually included a supposedly self-devouring floppy-disk intended to display the text only once, then eat itself.”[98] Contrary to numerous colorful reports, the diskettes were never actually “hacked”; instead the poem was manually transcribed from a surreptitious videotape of a public showing in Manhattan in December 1992, and released on the MindVox bulletin board the next day; this is the text that circulated widely on the Internet.

Kirschenbaum, Matthew G. (2008). “Hacking ‘Agrippa’: The Source of the Online Text.”. Mechanisms : new media and the forensic imagination (2 ed.). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-11311-3. OCLC 79256819. Retrieved 2007-11-11.


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