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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SPSit
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?

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hgibbins
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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