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Re: [BKARTS] Politics and Religion



Well said.


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Joseph" <mjoseph@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Politics and Religion
> Date:         Sun, 22 Jan 2006 22:06:26 -0500
> 
> 
> With respect to Mr. Angus, I could not disagree more. I would say that
> discussions of book art from such an extreme technical bias would appeal
> to an increasingly narrow and parochial audience, and that, extended to
> its logical conclusion, would press the meaning of book art so far inward
> it would eventually cease to exist.
> 
> I believe one of the difficulties of the so-called Book Arts right now is
> there are several overlapping cultures engaged together; there are those
> for whom book arts serve as a kind of hobby, or a decorative art, and
> making books provides them with something to do with their time, with an
> outlet; there are those for whom book arts ritualistically mediates a
> sense of belonging to a people, of being in touch with exemplary models
> and reactualizing exemplary acts, of making time disappear; and there are
> those for whom the book serves as a medium of individual creative
> expression and perhaps political engagement. Book Arts-L has always upheld
> the right of each of these cultures to communicate, has always recognized
> a value in the list's multivocality, and members of each culture have
> generally been more or less tolerant of the interests of others. Why
> should that end now?
> 
> 
> 
> Michael Joseph
> Rutgers University Libraries
> Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
> 169 College Avenue
> New Brunswick, NJ 08901
> 
> On Sun, 22 Jan 2006, Octavia & Co. Press wrote:
> 
> > The only appropriate place for religious, political, or philosophical
> > discussion is where a gathering of people have joined together to
> > discuss that particular topic.
> >
> > As a practicing occultist and scholar of religion and philosophy, I have
> > discovered that the only way to openly discuss these topics with an
> > ounce of integrity is to do so with a completely objective view. This is
> > impossible where the subject has become more than academic.
> >
> > In a similar vein, I have heard bookbinders on this list get fanatical
> > over a particular viewpoint concerning book arts and book construction.
> > There are many schools, designs and beliefs concerning our craft, and
> > heated debate -- with a modicum of intelligence and tolerance for other
> > viewpoints -- is often required for understanding.
> >
> > But that is entirely the point. We joined this list to talk about one
> > particular subject - book arts and bookbinding. Mr. Pepper's project is
> > fabulous as an example of calligraphy - where I am interested in it is
> > not the spiritual journey Mr. Pepper is on. It doesn't concern me. His
> > style, his technique, and his art is what keeps me following his work. I
> > am not at all interested in his political or spiritual beliefs.
> > Similarly, Islamic bookbindings and Medieval forms of the craft are very
> > interesting from a standpoint of the craft as well. I could care less
> > whether the Koran or the Bible were the subject matter.
> >
> > Lets keep the political, religious and philosophical debate in forums
> > designed for them.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > Robert Angus
> > Octavia & Co. Press
> >
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