“Heretics”

Today I read a marvelous poem by William Gibson, “Agrippa“. Really lovely piece with an interesting history:

It was published in 1992 as a disk that ran a self-destructing program.  You could watch it once and only once, and so the poem was “bootlegged” and circulated on bulletin boards, which is how many people first came in contact with it.  Now it’s on Gibson’s website, which sort of contradicts the emphemerality of the original medium, but does have the benefit of preserving the work for posterity.

You can watch an emulation of the original program, as well as access other scholarly resources about the text at the Agrippa Files.

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