top of page

Umberto Eco discusses the decline of handwriting

(via @bookninja) Umberto Eco dates the decline of handwriting back to the invention of the ballpoint pen rather than the computer. He also asks the question: “Why should we regret the passing of good handwriting?

I think this is an interesting question especially now that everyone communicates via email and that even writers hardly ever pen their works (or more than a chapter or two). I do like to handwrite when I’m writing a first draft but I always type things up prior to revising. It’s so much harder looking at an overall story when there are pages of handwritten text to flip through. Well…that and I have bad handwriting and I have to type things up quickly or else I might not remember what “wlksdof” actually says. :) My husband and I keep a grocery list on the fridge and it’s always fun for me to figure out what he wrote and vice versa. “No, it doesn’t say ‘bran’ it says ‘bananas’.”

11 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Brave New Weird Shortlist

My multi-part speculative poem for adults, "My Mother, the Exoskeleton" is on the shortlist for the Brave New Weird anthology. Apparently they received over 1,000 submissions for the anthology. Exciti


bottom of page