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A Handful of Handwriting Links

09/27/2009

In September there was a spate of articles about handwriting from its delights to its difficulty to its datedness to its demise. Check out the links, then post your comments. I expect your opinions will be just as strong as those expressed below.

If all that inspires you to work on your penmanship, check out some earlier posts on the subject here and here or visit the Calligraphy & Penmanship links in the sidebar. Let me know if you have a favorite handwriting site that should be included. That’s one list that will always have room for growth.

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12 comments

  1. The Eco article from the guardian no longer seems available, however this looks like it was the same article.

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  2. Apologies – the link didn’t take….

    http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2009/09/umberto-eco-the-lost-art-of-handwriting.html

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    • Thanks for the tip. I updated the link. :)

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  3. At our blog, we asked the question of whether fountain pens improve children’s handwriting. The consensus seemed to be that they very well could, but, of course, it depends on the child.

    And, I know it’s probably a few years old, but the article on handwriting at Paperpenalia.com by Dyas Lawson is, to my mind, the definitive word on good handwriting.

    http://www.paperpenalia.com/handwriting.html

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    • Haven’t seen that article for a while. Thanks for bringing it to my attention and leaving a link to it for others to enjoy.

      As anecdotal evidence my teen daughter’s writing improved with the adoption of a fountain pen. It wasn’t bad to start but it’s even better after a couple years practice with a stealth-colored Lamy Safari EF and J. Herbin Perle Noire. That it looks cool is just an added perk.

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  4. As always I adore your handwriting links.

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    • Thank you. :)

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  5. I’ve never used a fountain pen, but I’ve so many people writing about what a pleasure it is, I’m starting to think I might give it a try. I just need to find one with a nice thick, comfortable grip.

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    • Contact Martin at The Writing Desk. He would be a good person to get you started.

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  6. Thanks. I’m actually leaning toward a Pelikan…one of the kid’s models, lol.

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  7. Thank you for sharing these links. I had seen some of them by putting “handwritten notes” and “personal notes” in a Google Alert, but it didn’t pick up all of these. I am so passionate about this that I’ve started a Facebook Group called “Revive the art of personal note-writing!” (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24322705460&ref=ts). I’d welcome anyone to join us…to peruse or to join the conversation.

    Elizabeth H. Cottrell

    http://heartspoken.com

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    • Thanks for introducing me to your group. I added it to the Pen Community links in the sidebar.

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