The lost art of writing on paper

by Lee Hopkins on August 31, 2005 · 3 comments

in miscellaneous

Doug says: Use pen and paper and YOU could pull all the paper-planner groupies you can handle!Me ol’ china* Doug has ‘penned’ a fantastic missive on the lost art of ink and paper combat.

In the post he reminisces over an event from a few months ago when a young digerati gave him several condescending looks because Doug was obviously a Luddite (he’s not, by the way; far from it).

Doug waxes lyrical about the connection one can feel when engaging in the fine art of moving pencil or pen on crisp clean paper, a connection that transports one all the way back to Da Vinci, Dunne and even ancient parchment.

Personally, I love nothing more than the feel of my Parker fountain pen against a virgin sheet of high-grade A4, or equally a lovely 0.7mm #2 pencil on said crisp virgin sheet (cue for old lags to launch into “Bond. Basildon Bond” jokes).

Use a fountain pen and you could score with groupies like THIS!
He’s shortly launching a new website (DIYPlanner.com) devoted to things of a paper-and-pencil-or-pen nature and I for one am really looking forward to it (note to paper-planner groupies: Doug has very flatteringly asked me to bash out an article on ye olde ancient keyboarde, a request to which I have duly complied).

Have a wander over to Doug’s post—it’s a wonderful read.

*(note for non-Australians: that means “mate”, as in rhyming slang – china, china plate, mate… keep up!)

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  • http://www.heidimillerpresents.com/weblog Heidi Miller

    Wow. Lee, this post brought memories flooding back to me… of when I lived in Paris and discovered the lost art of writing with fountain pens. They are far more abundant in Europe than in the States, and I wrote everything with one for a year. I still have it; it’s just a bit harder to find the ink refills for it.

    But that thrill of a really well-balanced, well-inked fountain pen making that gentle scratching sound on linen paper… ahhhhh.

    Must go get those refills now.

  • http://www.heidimillerpresents.com/weblog Heidi Miller

    Wow. Lee, this post brought memories flooding back to me… of when I lived in Paris and discovered the lost art of writing with fountain pens. They are far more abundant in Europe than in the States, and I wrote everything with one for a year. I still have it; it’s just a bit harder to find the ink refills for it.

    But that thrill of a really well-balanced, well-inked fountain pen making that gentle scratching sound on linen paper… ahhhhh.

    Must go get those refills now.

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