In 1992, William Gibson released "Agrippa (A Book of the Dead)", a haunting poem about loss and memory that came on a floppy disc that erased itself as you played it. Here's a screen-capture of the Agrippa poem being read out inside a Mac classic emulator. There were other editions, even more esoteric, that you can read about on Wikipedia; as lovely a literary piece as this is, it was an even lovelier artifact.
A “Run” of William Gibson’s “Agrippa” Poem from a Copy of Original 1992 Agrippa Diskette,
Wikipedia on Agrippa
(via Beyond the Beyond)
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