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Re: semantics

I attended the Alliance for Book Arts gathering at Dawson's Bookstore in
Los Angeles yesterday where several of the folks had read this ongoing
exchange and their comments would agree completely with yours, Susan.  We
have enough of contentiousness in the politics as it is without injecting
the same quality into this page of news, questions and help.
Charles Schermerhorn
Lompoc, CA

> From: Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord <sgaylord@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: semantics
> Date: Saturday, June 06, 1998 4:59 AM
> Dear Friends
>         I usually stay out of the fray, but felt I had to add my comment
> time. Observing the various heated debates on the list, it seems to me
> that they become heated, and on occasion nasty, because of the tone,
> rather than the content, of the postings. Words are subject to
> interpretation for both their meaning and the feelings behind them. I
> found Madeleine Fix's response to Bob's letter to Artemis aggressive in
> tone, more of an attack than a commentary.
>         In a later posting Madeleine Fix wrote, "the person who
> misunderstands has every right to demand clarification of the words
> which have confused clear meanings." While it may be "every person's
> right to DEMAND clarification," I would suggest that the dialogue would
> be better served if clarification were REQUESTED instead.
>         What makes this list work are the contributions of the group-
> experiences and opinions and asking and answering questions. I am always
> impressed by the generosity of all who take part. The discourse depends
> upon this generosity of spirit and willingness to share. If people feel
> that they will be attacked for their contributions, they will be less
> likely to come forward. I know I was very nervous when I made my first
> posting, and still feel a little flutter of nervousness as I click the
> send button. I think everyone who takes the step to make a posting
> should be treated with respect and civility.
> in good spirit,
> Susan
> Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
> Newburyport, MA

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