Fading Away

Is handwriting the next victim of modern technology?

The Missing Ink

The Missing Ink

By Philip Hensher

Hardcover, 288 pages ($15, Faber & Faber; Kindle edition $8.89)

Is cursive writing becoming a relic of yesteryear? This lively, enlightening look at the history of handwriting is both a celebration of the physical act of putting pen to paper and a spotlight on the many ways the (hand)written word has accompanied—and advanced—the development of civilization itself. From thank-you notes to dairy entries, postcards, love letters, signatures, ink pens, and “chewable” wooden pencils, the author counts the cost of everything we stand to lose if “old-fashioned” handwriting becomes just another antiquated technology.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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