The Social Life of Ink

The Social Life of Ink

Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship With the Written Word

Book - 2014
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Publisher: Toronto : Viking, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780670068616
Characteristics: xiii, 377 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


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Nov 25, 2016

Very interesting book. Clearly the author is obsessed with ink and fountained pens. Good for him. I was also brought up having to learn to write with a brush with ink prepared from grinding ink sticks in an inkstone with water. Never suspected all this history behind it until reading it 60 years later in this book. I am not sure that I appreciate the difference, as Professor Bishop has described in his book, between writing long hand using an instrument on paper or typing it out on a keyboard. I seem to think the latter is more economical and perhaps more egalitarian?

Dec 05, 2015

An excellent history of ink, and how it has influenced ours, as well as other societies throughout history. This book has given me a new outlook on writing, and now I'm really looking forward to getting back to writing in long-hand rather than using a keyboard.

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