On his tweetstream, author William Gibson linked to an interview he gave the Paris Review. He had me right away, narrating the cooking-up of the term “cyberspace”. Then the text ran into a paywall: “To read the rest of this piece, purchase the issue.”
I followed the link and discovered that said issue also contains an interview with Samuel Delany, another writer whose work has been important to me. Also, that they wanted $12.00 for it. I considered briefly then hit the Paypal button. Suddenly it was asking my choice of (expensive) shipping options, and I realized that it wanted to sell me an actual physical book.
I was kind of upset because it meant that I couldn’t continue reading right then and there on the sofa. And, well, because Gibson and Delany both have functioned as emissaries from the future (lots of different futures actually); so the notion that, in 2011, I must wait for their words impressed on macerated softwood to arrive via internal combustion, well, it’s jarring.
But I guess I will buy it.