Archive for category: Barely Socially Acceptable

The Theatre of the Barely Socially Acceptable, Act 11

04 Mar 2007
March 4, 2007 I'd just run into Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Majority Leader, on the street the day before. Stealing a few extra creative minutes on my commute to work, I had pulled out my Moleskin to pen a few notes about the encounter before my stop. Along the way a man in his twenties entered the subway car, cell phone attached to his ear. He sat down in the empty seat next to me. Geez, you sound like you're having a friggin heart attack. I'm just calling you back to say "I love you." Yeah, you too. Bye. Without Read more [...]

The Theatre of the Barely Socially Acceptable, Act 10

14 Jul 2006
July 14, 2006 Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn't it a pity Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city Summer in the City The Lovin' Spoonful It's turning out to be a typical Washington summer: hot and very humid. I know. Last night our air conditioning simply quit. No announcement; no nothing. One minute I was nice and comfy and the next my skin stopped breathing. I knew what was coming. As the evening wore on I could feel myself getting more and more uncomfortable. Read more [...]

The Theatre of the Barely Socially Acceptable, Act 9

24 Feb 2006
February 24, 2006 You can't hear me? I CAN HEAR YOU!Yes I can. Brenda, I am on the subway. I can't be doing that! When people make public spectacles of themselves I get embarrassed. Why me? Watching a scorned lover let her philanderer have it on the Jerry Springer Show immediately causes my hands to cover my eyes. I must protect myself and this is my instinctive automatic response. Hands to ears would be better but my body doesn't always listen to me. I could turn off the TV, but of course I don't. There is Read more [...]

The Theatre of the Barely Socially Acceptable, Act 8

18 Dec 2005
December 18, 2005 Amber, this is Glenn I'm in the Metro on my way in I need an email to go out now! . An early morning snow had forced the federal government to open two hours late. The respite from AM bureaucracy did not prevent countless worker bees from their appointed tasks. Conference calls from home circumvented any disconnect Mother Nature could hand out. Workflow could not and would not be stopped by a mere three inch layer of slush. Subject line: "Update from Glenn" No, make that "Good news from Glenn" Yes, Read more [...]

The Theatre of the Barely Socially Acceptable, Act 7

20 Nov 2005
November 20, 2005 Hi Nick. This is your lawyer. Your lawyer, Bob. Yes, that's right. Your lawyer. Washington is a town of lawyers. They're everywhere and into everything. Their influence is clearly visible throughout the DC area. Button-down blue Oxford dress shirts are our version of high fashion. Their power lunches and show-stopping courtroom antics are de rigueur. And a lawyer's cell phone is indeed his best friend, at least when it comes to billable hours. So why was I surprised yesterday when I walked into Read more [...]

The Sociology of Close Contact Technology:
Taking Back Your Public Space

11 Dec 2004
December 11, 2004 Download these handy dandy cards,perfect for any overbearing cell phone interaction I am a voyeur. To be a good artist you must be willing to observe and listen. It's not hard when you take public transportation every day. As an art career move, my transportation from the isolation of LA freeway driving to the close contact of DC's subway has been a boon to my artmaking. Hence the creation of The Theatre of the Barely Socially Acceptable. As an artist I am stealth. When I hear fellow commuters' Read more [...]
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