Agrippa Files’ Reception

On December 1, 2005, the Agrippa Files team held a reception and panel discussion at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s library to celebrate the inauguration of the project. Panel members included Alan Liu (English Department), James Hodge (English Department), Brian Springer (Art Department), and Harry Reese (Art Department).

To view clips from the reception, click on the following links. Note that Macintosh users may need to download Windows Media Components for Quicktime Player.

Introductory remarks by Alan Liu
James Hodge
Brian Springer
Harry Reese
Question and Answer Session

Advertisement for The Kitchen.

Village Voice 15 Dec. 1992: 92

Advertisement in Village Voice for the December ninth transmission of Agrippa from The Kitchen in New York City.


Goings on about Town. “Get Agrippa.”

New Yorker 14 Dec. 1992: 28

Notice in New Yorker of Agrippa‘s transmissions in New York City at the Kitchen and Americas Society.


Agrippa Files Editorial Team

Transcriptions Project

 A Transcriptions Project


The Agrippa Files is a scholarly site created in 2005 by a team of researchers participating in the Transcriptions Project on literature and information culture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, English Department. Photos of the book and scans or transcriptions of unique archival materials are used by permission of the book’s publisher, Kevin Begos, Jr.

Alan Liu


  • Project leader, General editor, site administrator/CSS co-designer
  • Professor, English Dept., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
  • Research Interests:
    New media literature and art; information culture; British Romantic literature and art; literary and cultural theory
  • Home page
Paxton Hehmeyer


  • Co-editor, Bibliography
  • Ph.D. student, English Dept., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
  • Research Interests:
    Early Modern English literature; transitions to print culture and the history of the book; the early English nation-state
James J. Hodge


  • Bibliographical Description of Agrippa; liaison with library and museum holders of copies of Agrippa
  • Postdoctoral Associate, English Dept., Duke University (M.A., English Dept., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.d., Language & Literature, University of Chicago)
  • Research Interests:
    The history and theory of media from the late nineteenth century to the present, pre-cinema, and literary and cinematic modernism.
Kimberly Knight


  • Editor, Agrippa section; image editor; Flash work; video editing
  • Assistant Professor, Emerging Media and Communication Program, University of Texas at Dallas (Ph.D., English Dept., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Research Interests:
    Media and cultural theory; digital and information culture; new media literature and art; popular culture; social media.
  • Home page
David Roh


  • Original site administrator and designer, CSS co-designer; contributor to Archival Documents
  • Assistant Professor, English Dept., Old Dominion University (Ph.D., English Dept., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Research Interests:
    New media studies, law and literature, and transnational studies.
  • Home page
Elizabeth Swanstrom


  • Editor, Archival Documents; Co-editor, Bibliography
  • Assistant Professor, English Dept., Florida Atlantic University (Ph.D., Comparative Literature Dept., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Research Interests:
    Digital culture and electronic literature. History of science. Media theory. Twentieth-century American and Latin American literature
  • Home page
Matthew G. Kirschenbaum


Invitation to Attend Exhibition at Stella’s (1992)

press release
Item #D23. Invitation from the publisher to attend the exhibition of Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) at Stella’s, NYC, Oct. 29, 1992.

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[See also original preview of invitation]

Article on Agrippa in Musik Express Sounds (ME/Sounds)

Article in German publication
Short article on Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) in the German publication Musik Express Sounds (ME/Sounds).

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The following information was contributed by Amy Schlabitz: “While I am unable to provide complete source information, I can give you some additional information. The publication is named Musik Express Sounds and is commonly referred to (for example, online) as ME/Sounds. It is a monthly publication, and the William Gibson article must have been published in 1991 or early 1992, due to the information in the second article about waiting for the release of Madonna’s movie. They are anticipating the release of A League of Their Own, which, according to IMDB, was released in 1992. Here is a link to a web page displaying an article from a different issue of the magazine.”

Letter from Kevin Begos to Chris Farley at USA Today (8 April 1992)

Letter to USA Today
Item #D14. Letter from Kevin Begos to Chris Farley at USA Today regarding press coverage of Agrippa.

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Technical Specs for “the Transmission” (15 September 1992)

Agrippa code
Item #D12. Outline and flowchart for the December 9, 1992, “transmission” of Agrippa.

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These plans and specs were typed by Marc Scarpa based on his original hand-drawn plans (see Item #D47)

The Kitchen’s Advertisement for “The Transmission” (1992)

Item #D13. The Kitchen’s advertisement [in Village Voice] for the December 9, 1992, “transmission” of Agrippa.

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Bibliographical Information

Biographical Information

Authors on the Web.Com, “William Gibson’s Official Site,” (accessed July 12, 2005).
This site includes information on Gibson’s books, a short biography of Gibson, links, and access to a blog and online discussion devoted to Gibson’s work.