07 February 2011

Deep Madder Symposium 1

As noted below, on 26 January 2011 we held the first Deep Madder Symposium. Guests, which comprised of subscribers to Deep Madder Monthly and our friends (which are essentially inextricable), gathered at the Spadina Road house in which Mr Hubbarde and our friend/subscriber Ms L. Ulrich live for an evening of formality, introspection, and vulnerability. In attendance, apart from the editors, were, in order of arrival, said Ms L. Ulrich, Mr Z. Xu, Ms C. Booth, Ms P. Clark, Ms S. Hardman, and Mr R. Cole. To our pleasant surprise, guests almost completely conformed to the Rule Book For Future Deep Madder Functions, in attire as well as in social comportment (e.g. refraining from romantic pairing). We very much appreciate their (your) diligent observation of our ideals and participatory presence at this event; the fine cheese and humble crackers we served hopefully offered a tacit reminder of our appreciation.

First, the editors read from the 24th issue, to animate content that is normally relegated to the page. Questions and comments were taken on various features and many discussions were had. A 17-question test we wrote the day before, meant to determine one’s congruence with the Deep Madderian subjectivity, was distributed to everyone present, the results of which we compiled for future scrutiny. Then we read from the 25th issue, from which we derived much conversation and debate with guests. Lastly, we played a game called Judging, in which we were to assess the merit of subjects of given scenarios. The debate arising from the first and only scenario we were able to offer was so fervently argued by either side that it took almost two hours, at the end of which it was far too late to continue any activities.

Since we were thus unable to read and discuss the two other most recent issues that we had planned for, another symposium will be scheduled relatively soon, perhaps for March, at which point we will hopefully have several new issues to disseminate to subscribers.


Blogger Caroline said...

i had fun, and wish i could have stayed later so as to be able to argue for the correct side during the "Judging" debate.
are there any more pictures of the event?

February 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

You would have broken the gender barrier if you were there for said debate.

Yes, there are many more photographs, and I wished I could have included more, so I will make another post soon with more photographs.

February 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

That picture makes me look like a Herculean jerk.

February 8, 2011 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Ha, your expression in that picture is my favourite part of the entire post, Lindsay!

February 9, 2011 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I was tired, not bored!

February 14, 2011 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

We should also add that Ms J Carney and Mr P Salazar were present via satellite feed (i.e., a Skype session from Peterborough).

February 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you should add that. I was angry that I wasn't included, but happy that you got such a funny picture of lins.

March 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM  

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