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Re: [BKARTS] Book Arts Article--Books without Words



Can you make a book that explicitely communicates, point for point,
the argument you have made in this email,
or better, this entire thread,
without the use of words in any form?

michael andrews


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ann Grasso" <A@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 3:46 PM
Subject: Book Arts Article--Books without Words


> In the wake of the NY Times article I have, once again, taken
> minutes/hours to ponder the nature of communication. Before the
> alphabet, communication had to make use of oral story telling, body
> language, pictures and music or a combination of some or all. But once
> the symbolic letter/words became widely accepted, it seemed to be
> clearer than all previous methods. We bow to words. In similar ways,
> science took the modern world under its wing and is considered by many
> to trump any other form of understanding.
>
> David Abrams in "The Spell of the Sensuous" offers thought on what we
> have lost by worshiping only at the table of words and science.=20
>
> I was troubled by the tone of the Franks' article. It seemed to by-pass
> the idea that communication through the book format might come in other
> than words. Not that I am lobbying for the arcane or difficult to
> appreciate. Rather, I think the "startle" of realization and
> understanding is usually brought about through confronting information
> that is presented in a venue outside the norm. We've become immune to
> the standard, the ordinary. A mime is to voice as books are to words.
> Doesn't it stay with you longer when you figure out what the mime is
> trying to communicate, when you are enticed into thinking?
>
> Looking forward to the comments of others ~
>
> A.
>
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