Chevette’s there because bicycle messengers, particularly in San Fransisco, are a really hot sub-culture. They’ve become a source for a lot of creative people. Lotta people, like designers, are watching what bicycle messengers are wearing. And they have their own bands … here’s places where messengers hang [out], and there’s messenger fanzines! I got everything I know about being a bike messenger from “Mercury Rising” which is a fanzine put out by the San Francisco Bike Messengers Association. There’s this terrific coffeehouse near the Haight called The Horseshoe where messengers hang and young people with lots of tattoos and multiple piercing go there too … and it’s the only coffee house I’ve ever seen where they’ve got laptop computers super-glued to the tables. Each computer has it’s own e-mail address so you can go in, log on and do your stuff. So these kids come in off the streets with bones through their noses, their bodies covered in heavy Samoan blackwork, and looking like extras out of the back streets of Bladerunner, and they sit down and they do their e-mail! The underground in San Francisco has mutated into a really astonishing thing.
William Gibson talking about the inspiration for All Tomorrow’s Parties from “Traveling the Cyber-Highway with William Gibson” by Marisa Golini in Cyberspace Vanguard Magazine Volume 2 March 31, 1994 Issue 2
“Memory Palace” was a William Gibson piece that was performed on stage by La Fura dels Baus in Barcelona in 1992. It is considered a lost work, as Gibson himself no longer has a copy (however, a private collector purportedly holds the only complete text), and no known video of the performance was made.