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Cursive is History


From the October, 2022 issue of The Atlantic

Amazing. Thoughts?

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Thank you for posting up this article! Its subject has been much on my radar lately, and I recently read The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, by Anne Trubek.  Because of my own love of handwritten letters, whether they have been executed with beautiful penmanship or not, I had been hoping the book would have been an apologetic for keeping the technology alive. Instead [*** spoiler alert ***], the “Uncertain” in its title may well have been replaced with “Doomed.”

As for the thoughts you’d requested, in my opinion it would be wonderful for more people to enjoy and share in appreciation of handwriting – the aesthetics, history, nostalgia, sentiments, etc. Yet, I don’t feel overly concerned about its likely demise. @K-2 could probably correct me here, but I believe some systems of writing had completely disappeared from areas of the world in past history.  I just can’t fathom what it would take to hold back the tsunami of forces that may ultimately force the passing of cursive and perhaps any style of handwriting. The commensurate losses described in this article, though, resonate with me.   

The author’s comments, “I am noticing you … I touched it and I hope it touches you,” is what we who have retained or developed the skill of cursive writing can all continue to do.  And while there are still those of us remaining who can decipher it, what a wonderful opportunity for intergenerational connections! Just this morning I posted a short letter, written in Spencerian script, to my 20-year-old Great Nephew. If he is unable to read it, I’m almost giddy imagining who he may reach out to for uncovering its mystery! Additionally, it may be his first introduction to seeing something new and worthy of his attention. We all still have such opportunities to bring something unique and pleasing into the world and into other human soul's lives. 

Now moving on to The Missing Ink, The Lost Art of Handwriting and Why It Still Matters, by Philip Hensher.


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