Categories of Dialogue

I taught my first class for the School of Making Thinking last week, and we came up with a bunch of categories for types of dialogue. Because there was no chalkboard in our classroom at the Abrons Art Center, I took notes on a big piece of butcher paper. If you are reading this, can you add any other categories to this list?

  • Advertisement
  • Affirmation
  • Babble
  • Banter
  • Bloviating
  • Boasting
  • Brainstorming
  • Bullying
  • Coaching
  • Commiseration
  • Competing
  • Complaint
  • Confession
  • Contradiction
  • Criticism
  • Debate
  • Deflecting
  • Deliberation
  • Demand
  • Description
  • Egging On
  • Encouragement
  • Exclamation
  • Free Association
  • Gossip
  • Guessing
  • Information-Seeking
  • Informing
  • Inquiry
  • Instruction
  • Insult
  • Introduction
  • Jab
  • Judgment
  • Kibitzing
  • Kvetching
  • Lying
  • Misleading
  • Negation
  • Negotiation
  • Nonsequitor
  • Oversharing
  • Oration
  • Performance
  • Persuasion
  • Pleasantry
  • Proving
  • Rambling
  • Recitation
  • Reference
  • Reporting
  • Scolding
  • Segue
  • Silence
  • Solicitation
  • Speculation
  • Spin
  • Spitballing
  • Suggestion
  • Testing
  • Threatening
  • Validation
  • Word Salad

About My Writing Prompts Newsletter

One of my newest projects is this weekly newsletter, through which I send out writing prompts. I started it as a way to offer prompts to students and former students, and I've been gaining subscribers, albeit slowly.

Recently, after the desperately dispiriting election, like so many artists I'd been trying to come up with ways I might engage more seriously with political resistance. Over the weekend I had a conversation with a friend about how freedom of speech and freedom of the press are integral to democracy. Today, after reading about the crackdown on the free press in Turkey, I posed this question to my newsletter subscribers: What would your own act of political resistance be? How, in a country without first amendment protection, would you be punished for it?

I have no real answers to the question of how artists today can or should join our national political conversation. But writing this prompt, though it was a very small act, felt like a start.