Field Notes

Field News:

Futurist Shock

March 4th, 2009 by Bryan Bedell

It’s always surprising to learn that someone you respect is aware of your work. It’s an extra thrill when that someone is William Gibson, who, totally out of the blue, blogged some wonderful things about us a couple days ago. Most of us here at FIELD NOTES are big fans of Gibson’s work, and we were ecstatic to see him go out on a limb to promote FIELD NOTES based solely on our aesthetic. To prove FIELD NOTES are as functional as they are handsome, we’re sending him a package right away.

On a personal note, that package may help repay a debt I owe Gibson: When Virtual Light came out in 1993, I went to see him at a reading/signing at Barbara’s Bookstore in Chicago. I asked him to sign the current Wired cover (and most of his back catalog), with a paint pen I’d brought along. My pen splattered silver ink all over his expensive-looking leather jacket, and he was very gracious about it, but I could tell he was pretty upset, and I’ve been feeling cruddy about it for 16 years now. A few memo books won’t make up for that leather jacket, let alone all his books, or the technology, songs, and films he’s inspired, but hopefully it’s a start.

Oh, almost forgot: we’re working on the shirts, and Gibson will be the first to know when they’re ready.

UPDATE: Whew, saved by Xylene. Author, prophet, home economist.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thanks, again, sir!