Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Art Interactive, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA
Food, drinks and booksigning with the Institute for Infinitely Small
Books on sale for 25% off retail price.
Have you noticed how new words have entered American English since
September 11th? The USA now has a new vocabulary that includes:
And 60 more…
The New American Dictionary: Interactive Security/Fear Edition is a
new book by the Boston performance group, the Institute for
Infinitely Small Things. The dictionary, a paperback which retails
for $19.95 on Amazon.com and at the Harvard Book Store, catalogs 68
fear and security terms that are either new – i.e. preparedness - or
recently redefined – i.e. torture.
The New American Dictionary is a humorous, provocative book that
calls for readers to pay attention to the ways in which terminology
of fear, security and war have permeated American English post-9/11.
Emphasizing the open, slippery way that these words enter our
language, the New American Dictionary is an “interactive” workbook --
there are 58 terms that are left undefined for the reader to pencil
in their own definition. Readers can submit their new definitions to
the Institute for inclusion in the second edition (slated for 2009).
The other 10 definitions were sold on Ebay and defined by
contributors from around the globe, including Owen Smith, Shannon
Coyle, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Robert Ek, Robert Arnold, John Krygier,
Phil Taylor, and Savic Rasovic.
It may be humorous, but it is also serious business. The New American
Dictionary makes a great gift for anyone who is concerned about war,
the state of American politics, or even for those who are just asking
simple questions like: Are we more READY? Or are we just more SCARED?