A quick post to recommend Philip Hensher's lovely paean to the handwritten word, "Why Handwriting Matters."
"I've come to the conclusion," he says, "that handwriting is good for us. It involves us in a relationship with the written word that is sensuous, immediate and individual. It opens our personality out to the world, and gives us a means of reading other people. It gives pleasure when you communicate with it. No one is ever going to recommend that we surrender the convenience and speed of electronic communications to pen and paper. Though it would make no sense to give up the clarity and authority of print which is available to anyone with a keyboard, to continue to diminish the place of the handwritten in our lives is to diminish, in a small but real way, our humanity."
I agree. I love handwriting so much that it drifts from my letters and notebook pages into my drawings, paintings, collages...and then onto the walls of houses and studios...a gentle scattering of poems, quotes, half-legible tales, slipping into and out of our dreams....
Art above: Carl Larsson's painting of his diningroom at "Little Hyttnäs," and my "Fairies in the Meadow" (a detail from a larger collage)