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fountain pens, ink, fine paper, stationery, letters, snail mail and other fetishized handwriting stuff. InkProne blog: http://inkprone.passiontask.com
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Masters of the Fountain Pen - Kohei Kubo

Mr. Kubo is a craftsman, who repairs pen nibs using metal processing technology.
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VERY cool to watch a master straighten and add tipping to a nib. Don't try this at home!

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The Case for Cursive

The Case for Cursive | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it
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Some of the conclusions are a bit dubious, but the evidence seems clear about handwriting (joined writing, in particular) being a skill worth teaching for myriad reasons. Plus it's fun.

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Groucho and Woody

Groucho and Woody | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

The letter seen below (one of just two of their letters ever to have been published) was written by Groucho in 1967, following a long break in their correspondence that Woody found infuriating.

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Letter from E. E. Cummings

Letter from E. E. Cummings | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

from E. E. Cummings: 'since you insist:I rather imagine that the "approach to philosophy" of any artist worth his salt is neither "naturalistic" nor "supernaturalistic";but aesthetic.'

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"Just Say It and Mail It"

"Just Say It and Mail It" | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

"Here's a weird bit of dead media: a Smith-Corona audio-letter that used a "Letterpack cartridge" (which appears to be a 3.5" floppy disc) to record and play back personal voice-letters sent by post."

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Nabokov to Allan Tate

Nabokov to Allan Tate | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it
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David Foster Wallace's Word Lists

David Foster Wallace's Word Lists | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

"David Foster Wallace was incredibly fond of collecting words he found to be noteworthy, either by scribbling on the pages of the books he was currently reading, circling specific words in his personal dictionary, or compiling standalone vocabulary lists. The latter method is illustrated below, in the form of just two pages from the hundreds of word lists he amassed over the years."

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Damn you all to hell

Damn you all to hell | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

[I have to admit: this makes me like Tom Hanks a little bit]


"In July of this year, in an admirable attempt to secure him as a guest on his Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick sent a beautiful 1934 Smith Corona to noted typewriter collector Tom Hanks and popped the question. Within days, Hanks responded with this charming letter, typed on the Corona."



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[31 March 1845]. Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett Browning

[31 March 1845]. Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett Browning | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

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Margaux Anbouba On Her Mother’s Letters and Why You Should Write To Your Children

Margaux Anbouba On Her Mother’s Letters and Why You Should Write To Your Children | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it
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Famous Authors' Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature

Famous Authors' Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it



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"Writing a novel (or a story, for that matter) is confusing work. There are just so many characters running all over the place, dropping hints and having revelations. So it’s no surprise that many authors plan out their works beforehand, in chart or list or scribble form, in order to keep everything straight. After the jump, you’ll find a mini collection of those planning papers, so you can take a peek into the process of some of your favorite authors, from James Salter to J.K. Rowling."

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I've Started Writing Letters Again, and It's Awesome

I've Started Writing Letters Again, and It's Awesome | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

"Letters are a slow-motion conversation, one where every word matters and you carefully consider what you want to say. One where discussions evolve over the course of months rather than hours and days."

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The shortest correspondence in the world is between Victor Hugo and his publisher!

The shortest correspondence in the world is between Victor Hugo and his publisher! | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

'The shortest correspondence in history is said to have been between Hugo and his publisher Hurst and Blackett in 1862. Hugo was vacationing when the novel was being released and he wanted to know the reaction his work had gotten. He sent a single character to his publisher “?” and they sent a single character response back, “!”'

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Cranevelt letters

Cranevelt letters | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

"The Cranevelt letters are one of the most important manuscript collections in the Central Library. They contain the correspondence of humanist Frans Cranevelt of Bruges with Erasmus, Juan Luis Vives and Thomas Morus, among others."



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T. S. Eliot to Virginia Woolf

T. S. Eliot to Virginia Woolf | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

"One exists most of the time in morose discontent with the sort of work that one does oneself, and wastes vain envy on all others: the worst of it is that nobody will believe one. But no one regrets more that these moods should occur to Mrs. Woolf (of all people) than


Yr. devoted servt.
Thos. Eliot"

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David Foster Wallace to Maria Bustillos

David Foster Wallace to Maria Bustillos | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

"...I am just about the world’s worst source of info on that book [Infinite Jest]"

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Inner Space and Outer Space: Carl Sagan’s Letters to Timothy Leary (1974)

Inner Space and Outer Space: Carl Sagan’s Letters to Timothy Leary (1974) | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it
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Personal Correspondence of Bruno Walter

Oh hey, personal correspondence of Bruno Walter.

Some personal correspondence of Bruno Walter (1939)

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Is Handwriting Worth Saving?

Is Handwriting Worth Saving? | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it

The Missing Ink, from British novelist Philip Hensher, makes the case that it has probably been too long. Subtitled “The Lost Art of Handwriting,” the book is an ode to a dying form: part lament, part obituary, part sentimental rallying cry. In an age of texting and notes tapped straight into tablets, we are rapidly losing the art and skill it takes to swiftly write, with a pen, a sentence that is both intelligible and attractive. The time devoted to teaching handwriting in elementary schools around the globe has dwindled. Hensher opens his book with the plaintive question: “Should we even care? Should we accept that handwriting is a skill whose time has now passed? Or does it carry with it a value that can never truly be superseded by the typed word?”

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Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems

Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems | Pens, Paper, Ink and Letters | Scoop.it
From The Crimson: Artist Jen Bervin and scholar Marta Werner gave a talk on the portfolio of prints they recently created of Dickinson’s envelope
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