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Summer Blogging: Life and Letters II

hensherIf you’re going to have letters, you’re going to have handwriting.  If you’re going to have letters, you’re going to have cursive.  On that topic there is The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher,  a book inspired when Hensher “realized that I had no idea what the handwriting of a good friend of mine looked like,” and written “at a moment when, it seems, handwriting is about to vanish from our lives altogether.”  The book is part reflection, part history of penmanship instruction, part plea with fate that handwriting not simply evolve into nothing.  This is not a rant–Hensher is a witty and lucid writer and ultimately his point is that handwriting “involves us in a relationship with the written word which is sensuous, immediate and individual.  It opens our personality out to the world, and gives us a means of reading other people.” It’s part of the case about why handwriting is a sufficiently different experience from texting or e-mail worth serious contemplation.

This certainly is a title that should be part of a “serious read” about letters…

~ by pdoty on June 15, 2016.

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