Handwriting is Dead; Long Live Handwriting

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Type is the same, instance after instance, and the font you choose today will look the same when you type in it again tomorrow. The same is not true for crafting prose or poetry by hand, each looping connection between letters mapping out the inherently linear, temporal nature of language: the fact that for it to “work,” you must always be in the tumbling forward of reading.

A thoughtful, seesawing argument at Hazlitt for reclaiming the value of handwriting in the digital age that touches on questions of stylistics, identity, and the mechanics of self-expression.


Jeannie Yoon makes poems, essays, videos, music, cookies, and lots of very ambitious and meticulous to-do lists. jeannieyoon.tumblr.com More from this author →