The Missing Ink

The Missing Ink

The Lost Art of Handwriting

Book - 2012
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When Philip Hensher realized that he didn't know what one of his closest friend's handwriting looked like, he felt that something essential was missing from their friendship. It dawned on him that, having abandoned fountain pens for keyboards, we have lost one of the ways by which we come to recognize and know another person. The Missing Ink tells the story of this endangered art. Hensher reflects on what handwriting can tell us about personality and personal history: are your own letters neat and controlled or messy and inconsistent? Did you shape your penmanship in worshipful imitation of a popular girl at school, or do you still use the cursive you were initiated into in the second grade? Hensher guides us through Arabic calligraphy and the story of the nineteenth-century handwriting evangelists who traveled across America to convert the masses to the moral worth of copperplate; he pays tribute to the warmth and personality of a handwritten note. With the teaching of handwriting now required in only five states, and many expert typists barely able to hold a pen, the future of handwriting is in jeopardy. Or is it?
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780865478930
Branch Call Number: 652.1 H397m 2012
Characteristics: 270 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Jun 19, 2016

The author assumes a great familiarity on the part of the reader with various scripts, but really fails to connect different script examples (these are examples of X and see how they differ from examples of Y) with the commentary in his text. The reader often left in a curious and unpleasant limbo.

Sunflower19 Jun 27, 2013

So far I am enjoying this book. Writing has become a lost art which is truly upsetting.
At 26 I have a penpal. We met in college and have been writing letters to each other since we were 21...we write more then we text.
Can't wait to finish reading this!

hgeng63 Jun 24, 2013

A case of the subject matter being more interesting than its execution in this bk.


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