Letter from Kevin Begos to William Gibson (c. Oct. 1992)
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Dear Bill:

Martha may have told you some of this already, but I’ll go over it all anyway.

Stern called and wants to do a major story in Germany. They would be most interested if we can supply them with a picture of you and the book/box. I can get a copy off to you this week, and Martha mentioned you might be planning a shoot with Waterhouse soon. Let me know if you want to go to the extra lengths for Stern.

I think I mentioned, months ago, how much Penn Jilette (of Penn & Teller) loves the project. His article in one of the computer mags will appear next month. I can’t remember if I told you that Penn volunteered to do a live, unrehearsed reading of the story at one of the locations in December. His idea was to read the lines off a screen, to an audience, in real time. I like the idea, as it twists the origin of Agrippa even further. And if Penn makes “mistakes”, then the story mutates again.

1) – do you like that idea, and 2) do you think it would be interesting for some real low tech (or foreign sites where even a computer and modem may be hard to come by) to have a voice feed of Agrippa on Dec. 9th – just this voice coming out of speakers, no face, no screen. I kind of like the idea. Penn would do the reading straight – not as any kind of comedy.

Finally, though I’m a bit hesitant, I have a suggestion about one line of Agrippa. I ran it by Martha, and she said it was o.k. to bring up, though you may want to kick me. As I’ve scrolled through a dozen or so discs in the last week, on different machines, doing tests, the line towards the end where you say “There it was that I was marked out as a writer (of science fiction,) …” always jumps out at me, because it pegs you in a certain way. I may be dumb, or naive, but I simply consider books as good writing or bad, and I think you go way beyond what many people think of as “science fiction”. My suggestion would be “There it was that I was marked out as a writer,&nbsp’…,” People (readers, writers, reviewers) always try to peg art and writing into neat little genres, and the best is always pushing in different directions, beyond the genre.

I will be out with Dennis in L.I. tonight, if you want to talk about the Penn Jilette idea.

1411 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
212 650 9324

Kevin Begos

posted by aliu on 09.18.05 @ 11:50 pm | Comments Off on Letter from Kevin Begos to William Gibson (c. Oct. 1992)
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