See-bare-espace… it is everting.– Odile Richards, as channeled through William Gibson [from Chapter 4. Into the Locative, Spook Country]
Over breakfast with Odile and Alberto, Hollis (former “singer in an early-nineties cult band” The Curfew) learns of other locative art installations, “spatially tagged hypermedia.” “virtual shrines” to the past made possible by geohacking and “(v)isible to all” on special devices such as those designed by Alberto.
Hollis realizes that she has something to write about for Node, “though she was still a long way from knowing what it was.” [439 characters]
The Standard had an all-night restaurant off its lobby—a long, glass-frosted operation with wide booths upholstered in matte-black tuck-and-roll punctuated by the gnarled phalli of half a dozen San Pedro cacti.– William Gibson [from Chapter 4. Into the Locative, Spook Country]
Paul Stuart overcoat
East Village (New York)
Brown (cop? FBI? DEA?) supplies his “hostage,” East Village attic Milgrim, with just enough Ativan to keep him “not there,” protected from Dennis Birdwell (Milgrim’s former dealer)… and cooperative. Brown is tracking IFs (Illegal Facilitators) “whose crimes facilitated the crimes of others” and needs Milgrim’s rare ability to translate Volapuk, an artificial Russian language using Roman letters to approximate Cyrillic ones.
Brown’s IF of focus is a Russian-speaking “ethnic (Cuban-Chinese? Filipino?) version of a younger Johnny Depp,” Alejandro’s cousin Tito. [566 characters]
Milgrim, wearing the Paul Stuart overcoat he’d stolen the month before from a Fifth Avenue deli, watched Brown unlock the oversized steel-sheathed door with a pair of keys taken from a small transparent Ziploc bag…– William Gibson [from Chapter 3. Volapuk, Spook Country]
Canal Street [New York City]
Washington Square [New York City]
In New York’s Washington Square, 22-year old Tito, a Havana-born immigrant fluent in Russian, secretly passes an iPod to an old man in “dead man’s” clothing. Tito’s older cousin, Alejandro “has been chosen to apprentice under Juana, their aunt, the family’s master forger.”
In a Chinese restaurant on Canal Street, Tito and Alejandro discuss their “invisible raft of tradecraft, the protocol,” passed down from their grandfather, the craft of a crime family surviving in a dangerous world. [488 characters]