Link Love: Get Organized & Get Inked (but not with a ballpoint)

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This article, while the title is very much an attempt to be click-bait, takes an interesting perspective on the decline of cursive writing. While I may not agree entirely with the author’s point and the comments are grumbly and sometimes downright mean, I found the perspective interesting, particularly about how modern ballpoint pens require being held at a more upright angle than fountain pens which change the pressure and may be more or less comfortable for writers.

I found the whole discussion interesting and was surprised how many of the commenters were lefties. Handwriting or any kind is a challenge for a lot of lefties and often the tools we choose (paper and pen) can make it easier for us or more difficult so I was interested to read what folks wrote about their own writing challenges.

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive (via The Atlantic)

For a different perspective on this article, listen to this week’s Pen Addict podcast.




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(Shout out to Tessa at All Things Stationery for the “stationery love” links!)

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  1. First off, I admit I did not read the article yet about ballpoint killing cursive writing. I simply will note I learned cursive writing with pencil then ballpoint.

    I took notes on paper all through college using cursive except when abbreviating say GOV or ECON.

    No computer laptops when I was in school. And I’m right-handed.

    Cursive is still my writing choice over printing.

  2. Great. I see an awesome Retro 51 pen (Flying Tiger) and it’s all sold out. How do you find out about these limited edition pens before everyone buys them all?!

    1. If the news I’ve heard is true, the Flying Tiger was the last super limited edition Retro 51 that would be released this year. And it was limited to just 500 pieces so it sold out within a day. I would recommend signing up for the newsletters from your favorite pen shops as a way to catch future LE releases. You can also follow them on Instagram or Twitter and some may have Facebook pages as well.

  3. My son is a millennial – completely plugged in and tech savvy. However, he has also discovered the pleasure of pen and ink (thanks to mom). I plan to do a post on his daily carry. He’s less into fountain pens but is exploring calligraphy as a hobby. Carries a Midori passport notebook with a combo of Field Notes or other appropriately sized inserts. He’s a notebook addict now too. I will admit he does not write cursive, but finds printing easier and has an amazing (and tiny) printing style. I don’t mind that he never got comfortable with cursive. I’m happy he knows how to unplug and experience the brain process that writing by hand activates.

    1. I love that younger folks are getting into pen and paper. And honestly, I don’t mind if people choose printing over script/cursive. But I think learning to read and write in cursive is still valuable. I file cursive under “James Bond Skills” — you never know when you might need to read cursive (found an old letter in an attic that leads to treasure?) or might need to be able to ride a motorcycle (escaping from SPECTRE!) or mix the perfect martini (do you really need a spy-worthy reason to learn this skill?).

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