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Nicely said!

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From: Michael Brady <jbrady@EMAIL.UNC.EDU>
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Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 7:59 AM
Subject: Re: Book Arts?


>>in our field, but I do wish they would take =
> >   their non-book-related commentaries elsewhere and leave the rest of us
=
> >   to our craft and its substance.
> >       Enough, already!
>
> Generally, I agree that I subscribed to the Book ARts list (or PageMaker,
> Graphic Arts, Art Crit, and a number of other lists) for its particular
> specialty. I wouldn't want to wade through innumerable posts about Gary
Condit
> or Bush-v-Gore and the Butterfly Ballot or Clinton's very public private
> indulgences--all of which have been interjected into threads on the lists
I
> subscribe to. Ususally, they go away on their own; sometimes someone would
> have to say 'Enoughl, already!' to get the off-topic comments to end.
>
> But this topic is qualitatively and quantitatively different in all
respects.
> The attacks in New York and Washington involved everyone in the US and
> ultimately will involve most of the world in one way or another.
>
> The on-line discussions have been strained, have been emotional, have been
> provocative and difficult--but they occur in the context of a 'community'
of
> other writers whom we have already 'met' in cyberspace. The ramifications
of
> the attacks will redound on everything we do, from the trivial in
> inconsequential to the profound.
>
> For me, going to a chatroom or commentary site to exchange impassioned
> opinions with other people with whom I have nothing in common reduces my
> remarks to a display of exhibitionism to cyber-voyeurs. On the other hand,
> commenting to people whom I have already conversed about, in this case,
> bookmaking exemplifies the important fact that all of life in one thing,
> unitary, connected. On the Art Crit list or the PageMaker list, the
concern
> about the nature of representation or the intricacies of electronic
layouts is
> subsumed in the total context of our lives, *just as it is here on the
Book
> Arts list.*
>
> If you want to talk about binding materials, fine. That's trying to
refocus
> your energies on the quotidian commitments of life. But asking people to
talk
> about the attack somewhere else, please, because you don't want the topic
to
> interrupt your shop talk really trivializes both your own craft and the
issues
> of life and death that the attacks and the war preparations embrace.
>
>
> -------------------
> Michael Brady
> jbrady@email.unc.edu   http://www.unc.edu/~jbrady/index.html
>
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