Friday, December 18, 2009

100 Im/polite Days - the Locker room

the Locker room

one lady leaves,
leaving the door open behind her.
a second, half-nude, runs to close it.
a little later
she is finished dressing and
leaves the door open behind (her).
a third hurries to cerrarla.
she leaves and i run to close up.
i finish dressing and then i leave
closing the door for the empty-emptied room,
the door and the room not being able
to do it for themselves.

from "I displace the air as I walk" by Marjorie Kanter

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

100days im/polite project - third blog entry

Here is another story that I like very much.

The Monkey and the Fish

An oriental fable

...Once upon a time, there was a great flood, and involved in this flood were two creatures--a monkey and a fish. The monkey, being agile and experienced, was lucky enough to scramble up a tree and escape the raging waters. As he looked down from his safe perch he saw the poor fish struggling against the swift current. With the very best of intentions, he reached down and lifted the fish from the water.

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Onehundred im/polite days - second blog entry - An Ancient Story

This is part of my 100im/polite days project. I do not know where I found this story, I've had it a long time, so I can't site the reference, but here it is:

An Ancient Story

A man who led basically a good life died and was assigned to Hell for a short time. He discovered that the main torture in Hell was that everyone was forced to eat with spoons that were longer than their arms. The condemned spent eternity in the midst of excellent food they couldn't eat. When he was finally transferred up to Heaven, he found that the blessed were given the same spoons. In heaven, howver, no one went hungry because they fed each other.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

onehundred im/polite days

New project begun December 1, 2009.
I am working on the theme of communication and im/politeness for onehundreddays.
-100 Im/polite Tweets
-Amongst other things I am writing one tweet on the theme per day.
-I'm also interesting in words from other languages that refer to im/politenes (both). Please send on.
-And I am working on defining im/politeness, exploring human behavior and politeness and looking toward trying to come up with ten politeness rules for the global world, that everyone can agree on, a difficult task, but a good thing to talk about and think about. You can email longer messages to

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Today, December 1, 2009, I am beginning my hundred day project. I look for your collarboration. My project is to explore im/polite across cultures. I will begin by defining im/polite, both concepts. I am interested in your views on these two words. What do you feel, think and do in their realms? Can you be impolite if you don't know the rules?

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